Who is Valerie Huber?
A staunch advocate of abstinence-only education, Valerie Huber has made large-scale efforts to prevent young people from accessing and getting information about sexual and reproductive health.
After several positions at HHS — including a stint steering HHS’s family planning funds — in January 2019 the administration moved Huber to its Office of Global Affairs, which coordinates diplomacy and related efforts on health with other countries. In her current role, Huber is expected to censor information about reproductive health and sex education out of HHS’s global print and online materials, and push to remove these topics in international health and human rights documents.
Just two months after Huber joined HHS, the agency cut funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, a federal initiative proven to increase safer sex and help young people prevent unintended pregnancy.The Hill
Huber previously served as president of an abstinence-only advocacy group — even though abstinence-only programs have proven to be harmful and ineffective.Business Insider
Under Huber’s leadership at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS worked to increase funding for ineffective abstinence-only programs. Now at the department’s Office of Global Affairs, Huber is expected to cut references to global sexual and reproductive health from the agency's webpages and documents, as well as promote abstinence-only programs globally.Politico
Abstinence education is a great way to get to the end of abortion in our lifetime.”
Senior Policy Advisor at the HHS Office of Global Affairs
Huber was temporarily put in charge of Title X when the Trump-Pence administration shifted the program’s focus from sex education to abstinence-only programming and natural family planning, like the rhythm method.Planned Parenthood Action
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HHS is charged with protecting the health of all Americans, including through promoting global health security and diplomacy. The Trump-Pence administration has slowly reshaped HHS to roll back reproductive rights and limit access to health care.