In 2012, Yoest told the New York Times that she believes abortions can cause breast cancer. When the Times noted that data show that claim isn’t true, Yoest would not back down and said that scientists are “under the control of the abortion lobby.”
“As a breast cancer survivor, the spin on abortion and breast cancer really troubles me,” she told the Times. “Why can’t you report what the research actually shows?”
This is a position that does not require Senate confirmation—which probably wouldn’t have mattered at this point anyway. And in her new role, Yoest will be responsible for helping to craft the communications strategy for HHS. This is not good news. A woman who actually believes that abortions cause breast cancer and that once described IUDs as having “life-ending properties” is now the top communicator for the government agency responsible for protecting the health and well-being of all Americans. Wake us up when this nightmare is finally over.