"Transgender" among list of words reportedly banned at the CDC

CDC workers look through microscopes at as an image of a skin biopsy is displayed on a screen at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta

The Trump administration has reportedly given the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a list of words that they can not use in official documents, according to a new report from The Washington Post, published on December 15. But federal health officials on Saturday pushed back on the report as members of the science community publicly denounced the idea of such a directive. A source says they were presented with a list of seven banned words. The words? "Diversity", "entitlement", "evidence-based", "fetus", "science-based", "transgender", and "vulnerable".

Policy analysts at the agency were given those instructions during a meeting on Thursday, The Post said, citing people who were there.

Sharing the news about the banned words, Planned Parenthood tweeted: "It's clearer than at any other time: this organization has abhorred ladies' wellbeing, LGBTQ individuals, and science since the very first moment".

The analyst told the Post that CDC staffers were "incredulous" that they would be forced to edit themselves.

"It was very much, 'Are you serious?"

"HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans", said spokesman Matt Lloyd.

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President Trump's administration has created a list of no-nos for the CDC. If Trump and his cronies are willing to take that step, where will they stop?

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.

Calling the order "reckless" and "unimaginably unsafe", Dana Singiser, vice president of public policy and government affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told CNN. "You must be able to acknowledge the humanity of transgender people in order to address their health care needs".

The abridged vocabulary for administrators could affect the Center's recommendations for the handling of populations such as transgender people that are statistically more vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases.

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.

At the CDC, several offices have responsibility for work that uses some of these words.

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