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Trump administration officials in the Department of Health and Human Services said a report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading USA public health agency, is being barred from using certain words, including "diversity", "transgender" and "fetus", is a "complete mischaracterization". There were seven items on the list in total: "vulnerable", "entitlement", "diversity", "transgender", "fetus", "evidence-based" and "science-based". However, those charged with penning official documents about the Zika virus' effect on developing fetuses are going to have a harder time coming up "acceptable" ways of saying, well, "fetus".
The reaction in the room was "incredulous", the longtime CDC analyst told the Post.
"It was very much, 'Are you serious?" She opened the meeting by telling participants not to use the words "vulnerable", "entitlement" and "diversity" because documents containing those words were being "flagged" by others higher up the chain in the budget process, and documents were being sent back to CDC for corrections.
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To pretend and insist that transgender people do not exist, and to allow this lie to infect public health research and prevention is irrational and very unsafe.
According to the Post, CDC officials in charge of the agency's finances did not relay why the words were now prohibited, but they did provide some alternative phrasing that would pass muster.
The analyst also noted that the ban on words hadn't made its way to CDC scietists yet, explaining that when it got down to them, they "will not lay down quietly".
"What would you call it when you're told not to use those words?" the person said.
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Citing attendees, the Post reported that agency policy analysts were specifically given those instructions during a Thursday meeting.
"Our subject matter experts will not lay down quietly", the unnamed source said.
But as Harvard Global Health Institute director Dr. Ashish Jha told Stat News, the decision to censor the seven words will likely force staff to self-censor their work.
By the way, the CDC has a budget of about $7 billion and more than 12,000 employees, working on everything from food and water safety to heart disease to infectious disease outbreak prevention. Kelly told the group the ban on the other words had been conveyed verbally.
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