HEALTH SERVICES

Trump Picks Anti-Abortion Leader for HHS Spot

President Trump on Friday announced that he will appoint Charmaine Yoest, former president of the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life, to serve as assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The conservative activist currently works as a fellow at American Values, a social conservative organization, and had previously worked for the Reagan administration, the ultra-conservative Family Research Council, and Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign. Yoest famously told The New York Times that she believes abortions can cause breast cancer; and when presented with evidence to the contrary, she accused scientists of being “under the control of the abortion lobby.”