Analysts at the Center for Disease Control’s offices in Atlanta were told on Thursday that they are not allowed to use seven words in official documents pertaining to the next year’s budget.
As The Washington Post reports, CDC analysts were forbidden from using seven words: “‘vulnerable,’ ‘entitlement,’ ‘diversity,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘fetus,’ ‘evidence-based’ and ‘science-based.'”
Some of the banned words, the Post notes, were given alternatives: rather than using “science-based” or “evidence-based,” they were encouraged to say that the “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” one employee told the newspaper.
Employees were not given an explanation about the new prohibition, an analyst told the paper on condition of anonymity. The source also noted that other employees of the Health and Human Services department are likely subjected to the same rule.
Another CDC analyst told the Post that employees at the meeting were “incredulous” when the rule was announced.
“It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?’” the person said. “In my experience, we’ve never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint.”
This rule is likely to make the work of several CDC departments more difficult based on the populations they serve. The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, for instance, “is working on ways to prevent HIV among transgender people and reduce health disparities,” while the department at large is researching the Zika virus that causes birth defects.
This story is developing …