Trump appoints DML’s friend and pro-life activist to role at HHS

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Abortion rights groups are already opposing President Trump’s latest appointment.

Charmaine Yoest, a former president of Americans United for Life (AUL), a pro-life group, has been tapped for the role of Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

President Trump announced on Friday that he will be appointing Yoest to the position.

Yoest began her political career working for Ronald Reagan, and was an advisor for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee during his 2008 presidential campaign.  She was president of Americans United for Life from 2008 until February 2016, and is currently  a senior fellow at American Values, a conservative group.

She is considered to be one of the most prominent anti-abortion activists in the country, and has campaigned on both state and federal levels for stronger restrictions on abortion, including requiring women considering abortion to undergo a sonogram and banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood is not welcoming the news. “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, Planned Parenthood’s executive vice president, said.

The president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Nancy Northup, called Yoest a “dangerous choice” to work at HHS, and the progressive group, PFAW slammed the appointment, saying, “her selection shows yet again that this administration is pandering to extreme conservatives.”

But pro-life groups are praising the appointment.  Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, described Yoest as “one of the pro-life movement’s most articulate and powerful communicators.”

Yoest’s appointment does not require confirmation by the Senate.  She will replace Kevin Griffis, who, ironically, was recently named as vice president of communications for Planned Parenthood.

Dannenfelser said, “The fact that Yoest will be replacing Kevin Griffis, who now works for Planned Parenthood, is another indication of the dramatic change we’ve seen in Washington since the election of President Trump.  This is a new era for the pro-life movement and our fight to protect unborn children and their mothers from the horror of abortion.”

Full disclosure: Yoest is a friend of Dennis Michael Lynch.  She was a regular guest on DML’s show when he was at Newsmax, and she appeared on the Walk & Talk as a guest as recently as two weeks ago.

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