What’s Current: Trump appoints anti-abortion campaigner to senior post at Department of Health and Human Services

Charmaine Yoest (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

Donald Trump has appointed an anti-abortion campaigner and “Public Enemy #1” of reproductive rights, Charmaine Yoest, to a senior post at the Department of Health and Human Services. Yoest is the former president of Americans United for Life, an organization with a mandate to advance anti-abortion legislation.

A Nova Scotia woman, who filed a sexual misconduct complaint against her professor at Mount St. Vincent University, sues Christie Blatchford for libel for “inaccurate and defamatory” reporting on the case.

Single mothers and advocacy groups in British Columbia sue provincial government, arguing that limits on battered women’s access to legal aid are discriminatory and violate constitutional rights.

US Federal Appeals court rules that paying women less than men is not discriminatory, as long as those women have been paid less than their male counterparts in previous jobs. The decision overturned a lower court ruling that found that pay differences based only on prior salaries were discriminatory under the Equal Pay Act.

Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.