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CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Washington Post

Washington Post, December 15, 2017
Posted: December 24th, 2017

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nations top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including fetus and transgender - in official documents being prepared for next years budget. Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday. The forbidden words are vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based and science-based. The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans, HHS spokesman Matt Lloyd [said]. Its likely that other parts of HHS are operating under the same guidelines regarding the use of these words. At the CDC, several offices have responsibility for work that uses some of these words. The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention is working on ways to prevent HIV among transgender people and reduce health disparities. The CDCs work on birth defects caused by the Zika virus includes research on the developing fetus. The ban is related to the budget and supporting materials that are to be given to the CDCs partners and to Congress. The budget blueprint is generally shaped to reflect an administrations priorities. The reaction of people in the meeting was incredulous, [a CDC] analyst said. It was very much, Are you serious? Are you kidding?

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