Christian Post names the 4 Most Powerful Pro-Life Female Voices and includes AUL President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest:
Americans United for Life’s Charmaine Yoest began her career working in the Reagan White House before transitioning to an advisory role in Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s 2008 GOP presidential campaign. She is also the co-author of Mother in the Middle, which takes a closer look at the nation’s childcare policy.
Yoest, who has a PhD in politics from the University of Virginia, has worked at several pro-family organizations including, Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council. One of Yoest’s more significant accomplishments occurred this past year when she temporarily was able to have the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure end its contributions to Planned Parenthood.
Her group’s 2011 report titled, “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,” led to a congressional probe by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In a 2012 interview with The Washington Post, she said one of her most memorable moments working in the pro-life arena occurred when she received the news that Komen had decided to stop contributing to PP.
“I have to say, it was some of the best news of my entire life,” Yoest said in the interview discussing the Komen decision. However, the victory was short-lived when the group was pressed to reinstate the funding by congressional Democrats and other pro-abortion activists.
Like the many others involved in hand-to-hand combat in the pro-life arena, Yoest is not discouraged even though President Obama – who supports abortion on demand – won re-election in November.
“We are really energized right now,” she said in her interview.
Yoest and her husband, Jack, have five children.