Who is Neomi Rao?

The Trump-Pence administration has issued policy after policy to undermine sexual and reproductive health care and rights. That includes a proposed "gag rule," which would stop doctors in the nation’s family planning program from telling patients about how and where to access abortion — and Administrator Neomi Rao is playing a role in pushing it through.

At the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Rao oversees the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Her office is responsible for reviewing all rules issued by the administration. The problem: Like fellow Trump-appointed administrators, Rao has longstanding, backward views that threaten to undermine our sexual health and reproductive rights. President Trump tapped Rao to be the administrator of this office because he wanted a "deregulatory czar" to cut down on government regulations — except when it comes to abortion.

President Trump recently nominated Rao to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. This lifetime position will give Rao continued power over people’s health and lives. What’s more, the D.C. Circuit Court is one of the most powerful courts in the United States (after the Supreme Court). The D.C. Circuit Court hears many cases involving the administration’s rules and regulations. If confirmed, Rao would be in the position of deciding whether to uphold the very same rules she approved as an administrator — and at her confirmation hearing, Rao refused to say if she’d recuse herself from hearing those cases.

The plurality opinion in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey... minimized the competing inherent dignity of the fetus to life.

Neomi Rao

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper (2011)

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget

The OMB helps the president meet his policy, budget, management and regulatory goals. The OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is the federal government’s main authority for reviewing White House regulations, as well as coordinating privacy policy and approving plans to collect information.

Here's what Neomi Rao controls

Here's what Neomi Rao controls
Here's what Neomi Rao controls