Who is Charmaine Yoest?
Charmaine Yoest has a history of spreading falsehoods about birth control, and her resume is a who’s who of anti-women’s health extremist organizations. Yet Trump appointed her to help shape communication efforts to the American public — including framing important information about reproductive health. In early 2018, Yoest left her position to oversee public affairs at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. And in early 2019, she left the administration entirely.
Yoest has made claims about birth control and emergency contraception that are at odds with scientific and medical consensus — including that IUDs have "life-ending properties" and the morning-after pill is "potentially life-ending."LA Times
Before she joined the administration, Yoest was president and CEO of the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life. There, she pioneered abortion restrictions in states across the country — including a number of dangerous 20-week abortion bans and a law that shut down the majority of women’s health centers in Texas.Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Yoest doesn’t believe condoms protect against STDs, denies the proven effectiveness of contraception in preventing pregnancy, and has repeatedly made false claims about abortion — including that it causes breast cancer.New York Times
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.”
Yoest is against abortion in all cases, including rape. At the same time, she doesn’t believe survivors who say they have been raped. She wrote that survivors only "tell the truth about half the time."Media Matters
Yoest was a senior fellow at American Values, a conservative group known for its opposition to marriage equality and abortion.NBC News
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HHS is charged with protecting the health of all Americans. The Trump-Pence administration has slowly reshaped HHS to roll back reproductive rights and limit access to health care.