Health Care

CDC given list of 'forbidden' words for budget

News of the ban on certain words hasn't yet spread to the broader group of scientists at the CDC, but it's likely to provoke a backlash, the analyst said.

Trump administration officials in the Department of Health and Human Services said a report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading US public health agency, is being barred from using certain words, including "diversity", "transgender" and "fetus", is a "complete mischaracterization".

According to CNN, "Alternative word choices reportedly were presented in some cases".

The Hill added that an analyst who attended the meeting told the Washingrton Post "that other branches of President Trump's health department are likely adhering to the same list of banned words".

The newspaper said one of the agencies, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, was given a list of seven prohibited words or phrases: "vulnerable", "entitlement", "diversity", "transgender", "fetus", "evidence-based" and "science-based".

Instead of "science-based" or "evidence-based", the suggested phrase was "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes".

The CDC does all kinds of work that encompasses the forbidden expressions, from fighting AIDS in Africa to preventing HIV among transgender people.

The reaction in the room was "incredulous", the longtime CDC analyst told the Post. HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions, ' the statement continued.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is calling the report of banned words a "complete mischaracterization of discussions", without addressing whether specific words were banned. "HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans".

'Keep this in mind next time the Administration uses "free speech" as an excuse to defend Nazis, ' Shroff tweeted on Saturday, also spelling out each of the seven allegedly banned words and including the hashtag '#CDC7words'.

There will be nothing "science based" in budget documents from the nation's top public health agency next year.

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