Jan. 22, 2003 -- In two recent episodes, public health officials in the Bush administration have removed public health information about preventing sexually transmitted diseases and the effects of abortion on the risk of breast cancer. We present the original and the revised versions here.
The National Cancer Institute Web site currently has posted on it a fact sheet titled "Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer." It replaced a fact sheet titled "Abortion and Breast Cancer," which was removed from the Web site in 2002.
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For several years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had a fact sheet for the general public called "Condoms and Their Use in Preventing HIV Infection and Other STDs" on its Web site. The new fact sheet is labeled "Fact Sheet for Public Health Personnel" and is titled "Male Latex Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases." It stresses abstinence as the best way to avoid problems and stresses that condoms often fail to prevent disease and pregnancy, citing unspecified "epidemiological studies." HHS Deputy Secretary Claude Allen says the administration "is committed to putting out the very best and the most accurate scientific information and then letting the American public decide how they choose to use that information."