Trump adds another pro-life advocate to federal family planning role

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An anti-abortion advocate has been selected by President Trump to facilitate family planning for the federal government.

According to The Hill, Teresa Manning, a law professor who has worked for the Family Research Council, has been tapped to become the deputy assistant secretary for population affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Manning’s role will involve oversight of the distribution of Title X funding, which is granted to clinics providing contraceptive and preventive health services.

Teresa Manning

In 2012, Manning filed a lawsuit against the University of Iowa, claiming she was not given a promotion because of her political views and anti-abortion beliefs. The suit was rejected by a federal jury in 2015.

Planned Parenthood commented Monday on Manning’s appointment, calling her an “ideologue” and citing some of her past remarks regarding contraception.

“Its efficacy is very low,” Manning said of contraception in a 2003 interview, “especially when you consider over years, which you know a lot of contraception health advocates want: to start women in their adolescent years, when they’re extremely fertile, incidentally, and continue for 10, 20, 30 years, over that span of time.”

“The prospect that contraception would always prevent the conception of a child is preposterous. Over a 30-year period a woman is very likely to conceive at least once, if not twice, and Family Planning Perspectives, the publication which writes on all this, admits that in its articles. It is very interesting what’s happened to the justification of contraception and then the justification of abortion because contraception doesn’t work.”

On Monday, Planned Parenthood’s executive vice president Dawn Laguens implored the Trump administration to withdraw Manning’s appointment.

“We are at the lowest rate of unintended pregnancy in 30 years and a historic low for teen pregnancy because of access to birth control. Someone who promotes myths about birth control and reproductive care should not be in charge of the office that is responsible for family planning at HHS,” Laguens said in a statement.

The Trump administration also selected Charmaine Yoest, former president of Americans United for Life, as the assistant secretary for public affairs at HHS. Yoest’s organization advocated for more stringent restrictions on abortion at the federal and state level.

H/T: The Hill

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