White House forbids CDC from using 7 words, including 'transgender' and 'diversity'

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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". According to the Washington Post "vulnerable", "entitlement", "transgender", and "evidence-based" are also banned from any official documents being prepared for next year's budget for the Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC were also given alternative phrases to use.

Policy analysts at the CDC's headquarters in Atlanta were told on Thursday about a list of forbidden words in a meeting with senior CDC officials responsible for the budget, according to the analyst, who participated in the 90-minute briefing. Instead of saying "evidence-based" or "science-based", an analyst was write, "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes", a source told the Post.

The now-taboo terms will not be used in official documents at the CDC.

. "HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans".

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President Trump's administration has created a list of no-nos for the CDC. The CDC released an issue brief on transgender communities and HIV in 2016 and gathers information on LGB youth's experience with harassment, dating violence, and bullying. "This latest move from the Trump administration amounts to yet another backdoor tactic to curtail Americans" basic rights and freedoms, including the right to access abortion, and will put lives in real danger".

Following the news of the banned words, Twitter was flooded with remarks from individuals anxious about a ban on the expressions science-based and confirm based, while others featured feelings of trepidation over the words transgender and assorted variety being banned - with a board individual from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health portraying the move as "very stunning".

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. The CDC's work on birth defects caused by the Zika virus includes research on the developing fetus.

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