Who is Teresa Manning?
Teresa Manning spent her career trying to outlaw abortion and undermine access to birth control. She’s falsely claimed that “contraception doesn’t work,” yet from May 2017 to January 2018 she oversaw Title X — the nation’s program meant to ensure that people with low incomes can access birth control and other essential reproductive health care. In this role, Manning had the power to roll back access to birth control for the four million people who use Title X health services each year.
Trump chose Manning to manage Title X even though she strongly opposes birth control. She’s repeatedly promoted inaccurate and unscientific claims about both birth control and abortion.Cosmopolitan
After Manning joined HHS, Trump proposed a federal budget that would block Planned Parenthood from participating in Title X and other federal health programs — an unprecedented move that would have eroded access to affordable birth control.Planned Parenthood
Under Manning’s leadership, the administration slashed funding for Title X by shortening grants. It later tried to reshape the program to prioritize abstinence-only and natural family planning.Tracking Trump
…[F]amily planning is what occurs between a husband and a wife and God. And it doesn’t really involve the federal government…”
Before joining the administration, Manning worked for two anti-abortion groups: the National Right to Life Committee — which is vehemently opposed to Planned Parenthood — and the Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ hate group.Newsweek
Manning abruptly left HHS for unclear reasons. Her role was later filled by fellow anti-birth control activists Valerie Huber and then Diane Foley — both of whom continued her attacks on Title X and access to birth control.Tracking Trump
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.