The administration is erasing health care information and censoring medical providers
People need accurate and unbiased medical information. But the administration is censoring or altogether removing reproductive health care resources from government websites — especially information around women, communities of color, LGBTQ people, and undocumented people. It’s also blocking health care providers from sharing full information with patients.
The administration’s nationwide "gag rule" would effectively dismantle Title X, the only federal program for affordable birth. The gag rule would block Title X-funded providers from telling their 4 million patients where they can go for a safe, legal abortion. The rule also would make it impossible for Planned Parenthood to continue participating in Title X and offering ethical care.Planned Parenthood Action
Without telling the public, the HHS Office of Population Affairs — which oversees Title X — removed 10 pages about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from its Title X website. Before, the pages had: information on birth control coverage; the benefits of the ACA for Title X patients; a record of Title X-funded research; and instructions to help Title X-funded health centers follow the ACA’s rules. The deletions mirror the administration’s efforts to dismantle Title X, repeal the ACA and its no-copay birth control benefit, and remove critical health information across its websites.Sunlight Foundation
The administration, very selectively, published just 80 of the more than 10,000 public comments it received about abortion access and transgender people’s health access in a request around religious refusals.Politico
HHS websites get roughly 135 million visits monthly.
People rely on both doctors and government resources for accurate information.
Words matter. Erasing people’s identities threatens our human rights. And prohibiting doctors from telling us about our health care options puts our health at risk.
We are troubled by [the administration’s] recent actions, which... reveal a pattern of censorship that fosters discrimination and undermines access to evidence-based health care resources …”
Letter to President Trump from 19 senators expressing concerns over the removal of LGBTQ health government resources
The administration banned staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using seven words and phrases in official budget documents: "evidence-based," "science-based," "transgender," "fetus," "vulnerable," "entitlement," and "diversity."Washington Post
The administration now describes abstinence-only-until-marriage programs as "sexual risk avoidance." But a new name doesn’t change the fact that these programs are harmful and ineffective.Washington Post