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  • A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014.

    A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. | Photo: Reuters

Published 16 December 2017

Longtime CDC consultants say they have never seen a budget proposal word ban the entire time they have worked with the agency.

“Vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, has mandated a ban of the above seven words from any 2019 budget proposal documents.

CDC officials were made aware of the word ban at a Thursday meeting with Alison Kelly, a senior at the Department of Financial Services. According to a CDC authority, Kelly didn’t give a reasons as to why "vulnerable," "transgender" or "science-based" were not allowed in budget text, just that she was relaying a message.

Other CDC agents have since confirmed that indeed the seven words are prohibited on budget documents.

Lexical prohibition is a trend in the The Department of Health and Human Services, HHS, which oversees the CDC. Last March, HHS eliminated questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in two surveys of elderly people last March.

The national department removed all information about LGBTQ communities in the U.S. from its website since President Donald Trump took office, archiving pages related to federal services for LGBTQ people and their families.

The CDC and several affiliate offices require using these words to describe their work. The day the word ban was introduced, the CDC released a statement about the long term health effects on children born to mother’s with the Zika virus. Part of this research discusses Zika effects on the developing fetus.

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By last May, the Trump administration removed the “climate change” section from its Environmental Protection Agency website and eliminated the phrase from the Department of the Interior’s website. The administration nearly erased the phrase “global warming” from government documents and Internet sites.

The CDC will hand in their budget proposal to related government agencies and Congress. The president’s office is expected to release its budget numbers for 2019 by early February.

Longtime CDC consultants say they have never seen a budget proposal word ban the entire time they have worked with the agency.   





 

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