A top anti-abortion advocate at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President Donald Trump’s administration abruptly resigned Friday evening.
Teresa Manning, who served as the deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, resigned after less than a year on the job, according to a report in the Hill.
Although HHS or its spokesperson did not reveal the reason behind her sudden resignation, they did thank her for her brief services to the administration. The spokesperson said that HHS “would like to thank her for her service to this administration and the American people.”
According to the Guardian, Manning previously worked for two anti-abortion groups – one named National Right to Life and the other being an infamously anti-LGBTQ lobbying group named the Family Research Council. Politico was the first to break the news that Manning had been appointed as the deputy assistant secretary of population affairs mainly because of her belief that “family planning is an issue concerning only a husband, wife, and God to head up the nation’s federal family planning program,” Romper.com reported.
In 2003, while addressing a press conference during the promotion of a book she had edited, Manning said: “I always shake my head. You know, family planning is something that occurs between a husband and a wife and God, and it doesn’t really involve the federal government, much less the United Nations, where we hear about family planning all the time. What are they doing in that business?” The book that Manning had edited was based on an anti-abortion movement. Any further details about the book or its author are unknown.
According to a Huffington Post report, during a 2003 radio interview, Manning has also rejected the idea behind contraception. “Of course contraception doesn’t work. Its efficacy is very low, especially when you consider over years — which, a lot of contraception health advocates want to start women in their adolescent…