I got so riled up after hearing about disappearing content on government websites I actually wrote a letter to a sympathetic columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.  He did use the item:

"Speaking of brains: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that there was no link between abortions and breast cancer. It said so on its Web site. Conservative Republicans made it remove that information. Why? Because pro-life groups have been using that "fact" to scare women seeking abortions."

A small mention but better than no one caring!  I also assume he did the reseach to verify the bit about why the content was removed.

Sara Pimental, MLIS, AHIP
Content Project Manager
(510) 271-2360

Permanente Knowledge Connection
Kaiser Permanente's National Clinical Library

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12/06/2002 12:16 PM
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        Subject:        Chat- WSJ article on picking Science Panelists for Ideology

Today's Wall Street Journal, Page B1, has an article "Now Science Panelists are Picked for Ideology Rather Than Expertise."  One of the examples given refers to a new panel member on safety standards for lead in children's blood.  This new member "stated in a legal deposition for industy that a lead level of 70 micrograms per deciliter is harmless (the federal standard is 10)."

On another front "scientists say, HHS staffers asked them which presidential candidate they voted for in 2000 and what they think of stem-cell research and abortion- issues with no relevance to the section's work".

This seems to further the agenda being followed with previous research disappearing from websites.  Our tax money is paying only for research that fits current political policy, not that which may impact us in an helpful or adverse way.

Beverly Gardner MLS ([log in to unmask])
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
Strazzeri Medical Library
15031 Rinaldi St.  P.O. Box 9600
Mission Hills, CA 91346-9600