Trump Renews Attacks On Women’s Reproductive Rights by Tapping Anti-Choice Extremist for HHS Post

Today, Donald Trump appointed Charmaine Yoest, a woman with a history of touting dangerous medical conspiracy theories and arguing abortion should be illegal, even in cases of rape or to preserve the life of the woman, to serve as an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. In response, American Bridge Spokesperson Sabrina Singh released the following statement:

“Donald Trump is stacking his administration with anti-choice extremists who are dead set on rolling back women’s healthcare rights and Charmaine Yoest is a perfect example. Her beliefs are far out of the mainstream and have no place in our government where they’ll put reproductive rights at risk.

AUL President Charmaine Yoest Wanted To Make Abortion Illegal With No Exceptions For Rape Or The Life Of The Woman

Yoest “Leaves No Room For Exceptions In The Case Of Rape Or Incest Or To Preserve The Health Of The Mother. She Believes That Embryos Have Legal Rights And Opposes Birth Control, Like The IUD.” According to The New York Times, “None of this, however, means that Charmaine Yoest is a moderate. For all her emphasis on women’s health, her end goal isn’t to make abortion safer. She wants to make the procedure illegal. She leaves no room for exceptions in the case of rape or incest or to preserve the health of the mother. She believes that embryos have legal rights and opposes birth control, like the IUD, that she thinks ‘has life-ending properties.’” [New York Times, 11/2/12]

AUL President And CEO Charmaine Yoest’s “End Goal Isn’t To Make Abortion Safer. She Wants To Make The Procedure Illegal.” According to The New York Times, “None of this, however, means that Charmaine Yoest is a moderate. For all her emphasis on women’s health, her end goal isn’t to make abortion safer. She wants to make the procedure illegal. She leaves no room for exceptions in the case of rape or incest or to preserve the health of the mother. She believes that embryos have legal rights and opposes birth control, like the IUD, that she thinks ‘has life-ending properties.’” [New York Times, 11/2/12]

Yoest Repeated Debunked Claim Abortion Was Linked To Breast Cancer.  The New York Times reported; “The National Cancer Institute,the American Cancer Society and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have rejected that claim, citing, among other research, a 2004 analysis of 53 studies involving 83,000 women that found no link between abortion and a higher rate of cancer. Yet Yoest was insistent. “As a breast cancer survivor, the spin on abortion and breast cancer really troubles me,” she said.” [New York Times, 11/2/2012]