US Democratic Party Senators have protested their concern about the removal of LGBTI health data from United States government websites.
The group of 17 Senate Democrats which are led by Tammy Baldwin, have expressed “serious concerns” to the Trump administration about the removal of LGBTI health data from government websites and are calling for the restoration of the information.
In a letter to the White House dated April 12, the lawmakers dis-approved the recently reported removal of information on LGBTI health data from a number of websites including: The Department of Health & Human Services, The Office of Women’s Health, and the Federal Committee of Statistical Methodology, for the Office of Management & Budget.
“We are troubled by these recent actions, which, coupled with other actions your administration has taken to restrict information for LGBT people, reveal a pattern of censorship that fosters discrimination and undermines access to evidence-based healthcare resources that aid millions across the country,” the senators write.
“These actions could seriously compromise the health of LGBT individuals, who have less access to health care than the general population and suffer disproportionately from of a wide range of health conditions and disparities due to societal stigma and discrimination.”
According to Politico, The Department of Health & Human Services has claimed that the removal of such pages and links, were taken down as part of a routine update. However, the Sunlight Foundation, a government accountability non-profit, determined existing health topic pages do not appear to have been updated with new material and the now-missing lesbian and bisexual health content wasn’t integrated elsewhere.
The senators are urging the White House to restore the LGBTI health data to the websites, saying, “you have repeatedly broken your campaign promises to support and protect the LGBT community, and this latest assault on a vulnerable population could further compromise the health of more than ten million LGBT people,” the senators conclude.
“We are concerned that you are putting politics ahead of science and access to evidence-based health care that is critical for millions, and so we call on you to reverse course to ensure that our federal programs serve the needs of all people.”