Controversial pick

Trump’s expected pick for women’s issues ambassador draws backlash

Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, speaks in front of a group of anti-abortion activists celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down a Massachusetts law that mandated a protective buffer zone around abortion clinics, as the demonstrators stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington June 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

President Donald Trump is expected to nominate conservative activist Penny Young Nance as the next ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. And as The Hill reports, Planned Parenthood is not pleased with his rumored choice.

“For Trump to even consider putting Penny Nance in charge of U.S. programs designed to protect and empower some of the most vulnerable women in the world shows a fundamental disdain for women’s health and their lives,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the group’s political wing, said in a press release. “This would be putting an arsonist in charge of the fire department.”

Nance is the president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, a Christian public policy organization. According to Politico, she has been working behind-the-scenes with Ivanka Trump to garner support for expanding the child tax credit, an issue that Concerned Women for America has supported for decades. Nance is also a vocal opponent of abortion and gay rights. She once condemned the animated movie Frozen for subverting traditional notions of masculinity.

“Her experience and her track record don’t demonstrate a commitment to gender equality,” Heather Higginbottom, chief operating officer of the anti-poverty organization CARE USA, told Politico. “She should not be the U.S. government’s ambassador on these issues to the world.”

Read the full story at The Hill and Politico.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is independent of and separate from any views of The New York Times.

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