Bush Administration, Alters Gender Issue Web Data - Report

  1. U.S. Deletes, Alters Gender Issue Web Data - Report

    By Deborah Zabarenko


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration has stripped
    information on a range of women's issues from government Web sites,
    apparently in pursuit of a political agenda, researchers reported on

    "Vital information is being deleted, buried, distorted and has
    otherwise gone missing from government Web sites and publications,"
    Linda Basch, president of the National Council for Research on Women,
    said in a telephone interview.

    "Taken cumulatively, this has an enormously negative effect on women
    and girls."

    A council report said the missing information fell into four
    categories: women's health; their economic status; objective
    scientific data; and information aimed at protecting women and girls
    and helping them advance.

    The deletions and alterations appear to hew to a political agenda,
    rather than providing the nonpartisan, unbiased data that has been the
    tradition of U.S. government reports, the council said.

    Its report cited a fact sheet from the Centers of Disease Control that
    focused on the advantages of using condoms to prevent sexually
    transmitted disease; it was revised in December 2002 to say evidence
    on condoms' effectiveness in curbing these diseases was inconclusive.

    The National Cancer Institute's Web site was changed in 2002 to say
    studies linking abortion and breast cancer were inconsistent; after an
    outcry from scientists, the institute later amended that to say
    abortion is not associated with increased breast cancer risk.


    At the Labor Department's Women's Bureau Web site, the report said 25
    key publications on subjects ranging from pay equity to child care to
    issues relating to black and Latina women and women business owners
    had been deleted with no explanation.

    Key government offices dedicated to addressing the needs of women have
    been disbanded, according to the report. These include the Office of
    Women's Initiatives and Outreach in the White House and the
    President's Interagency Council on Women.

    At the Pentagon, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the
    Services was slated to be dismantled but was saved after an outcry.
    However, the report said this committee now focused on issues such as
    health care for servicewomen and the effects of deployment on
    families, but not on equity and access issues.

    In the area of scientific objectivity, the report said two advisory
    committees recommended the Food and Drug Administration approve a
    contraceptive known as Plan B as a nonprescription drug but were
    blocked by political pressure from doing so.

    Regarding violence against women, the report said the U.S. attorney
    general, as of March 2004, had failed to conduct and publish a study
    required under the 2000 Violence Against Women Act to investigate
    discrimination against domestic violence victims in getting insurance.

    The White House did not immediately return a call for comment
  2. 1 Comments

  3. by   elkpark
    Just more of the same from Shrub and the boys ... They have pursued a consistent pattern as long as he's been in the White House of replacing real science with their narrow political agenda. We've all read the reports about the various government health-related websites having to change their data to reflect the views of his political constituencies. NPR also reported that he took some of the legitimate scientists off the panel that's investigating the health risks related to lead paint and making recommendations about the federal rules, and replaced them with representatives of the paint industry ...

    It just goes on and on ...