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The Daily Signal, the Heritage Foundation’s daily Web-based newsletter, took a close look Tuesday at President Trump’s recent appointment of Charmaine Yoest (shown) as top communicator at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Daily Signal's writer, Rachel del Guidice, liked what she found: Yoest is one more example of the paradigm shift taking place in the Trump administration regarding the value of human life from the moment of conception.
Del Guidice interviewed Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, who told her that “we are going to see a radical transformation occur within HHS. I fully expect us [as a society] to talk about … the consequences of abortion on women.”
Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, was equally encouraged:
In her new position as assistant secretary for public affairs at HHS, she will be in charge of all iterations of communications for the agency including writing speeches for Price, involving herself in the agency’s strategic planning, and managing the agency’s broadcast and digital communications.
Her appointment resulted in howls of protests from the abortion industry, including, not surprisingly, Planned Parenthood (PP). Dawn Laguens, PP’s executive vice president, declared:
This was followed shortly thereafter with the Trump administration defunding the pro-abortion United Nations Population Fund (another $75 million) and then signing a bill to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood in their own jurisdictions.
Trump is riding on a train of pro-life momentum. On the average, states have added 57 new abortion restrictions every year between 2011 and 2015, with the number accelerating over time, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Perhaps the most telling shift in ideology and policy is the fact that Yoest is replacing an Obama appointee who immediately joined Planned Parenthood. As Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, expressed it:
Pro-life Leader Charmaine Yoest Named to HHS Post