The Trump administration has been busy deleting women’s health resources from the H.H.S website- including a resource page for Breast Cancer.
Today it was reported on Think Progress that the page on H.H.S.’s government website was removed back in December of last year.
Think Progress’ Amanda Michelle Gomez reports:
The Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office on Women’s Health removed a webpage dedicated to breast cancer and other helpful reproductive health information, including important insurance information for low-income people, according to a new report.
The Sunlight Foundation’s Web Integrity Project first reported the missing webpage. The group has been documenting page or link removals from the OWH website and shared its most recent report with ThinkProgress.
The first three pages of the Sunlight Foundation’s Web Integrity Report titled, “Removal of Breast Cancer Website and Related Web pages from within HHS’s Office on Women’s Health Website” can be viewed in the following images:
Gomez goes on to report how this impacts poor women the most — especially women of color,
The information removed is especially helpful to low-income individuals and people of color, such as important insurance information. The Affordable Care Act requires coverage of no-cost breast cancer screenings for certain individuals, but the website no longer makes mention of this. The “Government in action” section previously highlighted a government program that connected low-income, uninsured, and underinsured people to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. The main breast cancer webpage also linked to a Spanish version. All of this information has been removed and is not found elsewhere on the OWH website, according to the Sunlight Foundation report.
The removal of resources that benefit vulnerable populations from government websites has become a pattern with the Trump administration.
The Washington Post reported on January 20th the following.
Several social issues disappeared from the WhiteHouse.gov site Friday, including a page dedicated to LGBT rights.
The Post went on to explain why the removal of the online content was causing such concern for the LGBT community:
Advocates for the LGBT community have worried about what a Trump administration would mean for the progress made on equality issues under President Obama. As a candidate, President Trump said he is opposed to same-sex marriage and Vice President Pence has taken strong anti-gay rights stances throughout his political career.
Given the track record of this administration to show a callous disregard for our most vulnerable citizens, making it harder for women to not die of cancer is not shocking.
However, what should be shocking is that we are no longer shocked.
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