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Trump Admin Gives List of Forbidden Words to CDC in Budget Preps


The Trump administration has ordered officials at the Centers for Disease Control to stop using seven words or phrases, including "fetus" and "transgender" when preparing next year's budget.

Analysts at the nation's top public health agency in Atlanta were told of the list in a meeting Thursday with CDC officials, according to one person who spoke to The Washington Post. 

The outlawed terms are "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based."

The analysts were given alternative phrases to use in some cases. Instead of "science-based" or "evidence-based," the alternate phrase will be "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes," the person said. 

In other cases, no alternate words were suggested to the group of analysts and were not told why the words in question were banned.

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 told the Post. "HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions."

Since President Trump took office, several departments including HHS, Justice, Education and Housing and Urban Development have changed some federal policies, including how the government collects information about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.

The president's budget is expected to be released in February.

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