CDC can say 'fetus,' insists there's no ban on words

  • CDC can say 'fetus,' insists there's no ban on words

CDC can say 'fetus,' insists there's no ban on words

In a letter to Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, the organization demanded that the policy be withdrawn.

It is not unknown for budget guidance on phrasing like this to be transmitted. It provided just one exception: the words could be used "when the terms are referenced within a legal citation or part of a title".

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the very agency tasked with saving and protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, are now under order by the Trump administration to stop using words including "vulnerable" in 2018 budget documents, according to The Washington Post. But HHS officials did not clarify or answer any other questions. "It's about a budget strategy to get funded".

As news of the word ban spreads at the CDC, the analyst expects growing backlash.

"Disease treatment and prevention must be driven by science and evidence". He noted, "This was all about providing guidance to those who would be writing those budget proposals".

"You need to use whatever language you need to describe the problem", he said. "The idea that it's all a misunderstanding is laughable".

A government official added, "It's absurd and Orwellian, it's stupid and Orwellian, but they are not saying to not use the words in reports or articles or scientific publications or anything else the CDC does".

Lloyd said the document originated within HHS.

Others, outside the agency, are already responding with their own choice words. HHS staffers may have crafted language aimed at courting favor with lawmakers, Cole said.

"The Trump administration is full of risky science deniers who have no business near American public health systems like the CDC", she continued.

Pallone is the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Murray is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Frank Pallone Jr. (N.J.), pressed HHS Acting Secretary Eric Hargan to provide "information and documents regarding how and why the prohibition is being implemented across the Department".

In a 90-minute briefing on Thursday, policy analysts at the nation's leading public health institute were presented with the menu of seven banned words, an analyst told the paper. She said they were "vulnerable, diversity, and entitlement". Both staff members spoke under the condition of anonymity.

The phrases include "vulnerable", "entitlement", "diversity", "transgender", "fetus", "evidence-based" and "science-based". Rather than "science-based", for example, analysts could say, "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes". During that discussion, the word "transgender" also came up, and the senior official also told the group it was a word to be avoided.

Another source inside the CDC claimed that although a meeting took place, no words were "forbidden". He said the four other words were brought up by participants in the meeting, not by the senior official. "They're saying not to use it in your request for money because it will hurt you". "These were words that were brought up by people in the meeting due to their prior experience in formulating the CDC budget".

An unnamed Health and Human Services official also told the health news website Stat that it wasn't accurate to say that CDC staff was prohibited from using the seven words.