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Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS

Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS

The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services.

In a statement, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, called Yoest one of the movement's most powerful communicators and lauded her "groundbreaking efforts to advance pro-life, pro-woman legislation at the state level".

In 2014, Yoest said that AUL was responsible for one third of "pro-life laws since 2010", the period when states passed a record number of laws attacking abortion rights. According to Think Progress, legislators have based TRAP bills largely on language used in AUL's model legislation, "The Abortion Providers' Privileging Act".

Other pieces of AUL-inspired legislation ban abortion procedures due to genetic abnormalities, strengthens requirements for parental consent, and limits insurance coverage of abortion.

In a Time op-ed co-written with Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) in December 2016, Yoest characterized abortion as a "war on women".




"We know that abortion is not a means of female empowerment; it is a heartbreaking choice that ends one life and can damage another-and that is the true war on women", they wrote in the op-ed.

In a New York Times Magazine profile of Yoest back in 2012, reporter with Emily Bazelon noted that Yoest "is especially good at sounding reasonable rather than extreme". That helped her become the face of what Bazelon described as "a deft reframing of the abortion debate". Huckabee holds a hardline opposition to abortion rights, and in 2015 suggested he would be open to the idea of using federal troops to stop legal abortion.

"It is unacceptable that someone with a history of promoting myths and false information about women's health is appointed to a government position whose main responsibility is to provide the public with accurate and factual information", Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation America, said in a statement.

"It's nearly as if President Trump is trying to find people who say the most mean, spiteful, hateful things about transgender people to fill roles in his administration", Mara Kesiling, NCTE's executive director, said in a statement.

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