Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Trump’s Abstinence Queen Has a Tarnished Record

Valerie Huber has a long history of fighting sex ed in Ohio’s schools—but her tenure as an abstinence coordinator was marred by internal scandal.

By Brandy Zadrozny

Early this month, the Trump administration appointed Valerie Huber, a well-known advocate for abstinence-only sex education, to serve as chief of staff at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. With Huber’s pick, and a proposed 2018 budget committing $277 million to abstinence-only education, the White House seemed to signal to its conservative base the scientifically dubious “Just Say No” brand of sex education was back, and now one of its staunchest believers would be helping to man the helm.

Huber’s boss hasn’t been appointed yet, but HHS’ acting assistant secretary for health, Don Wright, announced Huber’s hiring in an internal memo published by The Hill. In the email, Wright wrote that Huber’s “wealth of professional experience in the field of public policy will serve her well in this position.”

That experience is both limited, and includes internal scandal, The Daily Beast has learned. 

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Source: The Daily Beast

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