Banning words is not far from burning books

The Trump administration reportedly told agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services to avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year's budget A spokesperson from the HHS disputes this

The Trump administration reportedly told agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services to avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year's budget A spokesperson from the HHS disputes this

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

The Post report is based on an account from an anonymous source who was present for a 90-minute briefing about the annual budget, and that "other CDC officials confirmed the existence of a list of forbidden words".

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, said in a phone interview Monday that while he was "alarmed" by reports about the budget guidance, he speculated that "what we're looking at is more silly than sinister". She spoke on condition of anonymity, according to the Associated Press. "Science is and will remain the foundation of our work", Fitzgerald said.

"Such an agenda, especially if motivated by political factors, threatens to undermine the tremendous scientific progress at the CDC and the public's faith in government, more broadly", the letter signed by the senators said. "HHS and its agencies have not banned, prohibited or forbidden employees from using certain words", Lloyd said in an email to the Washington Post.

Second, these three terms to avoid apparently came up in the course of a meeting among career officials at the CDC late last week about preparing next year's congressional-justification documents. The officials suggested an alternative: "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes".

"You had people at the meeting, saying OK, 'If they want us to avoid 'vulnerable, ' what about 'fetus, ' " the official said".

Banning words is not far from burning books

Since President Donald Trump took office, a number of federal agencies have moved to downscale data collection on topics like climate change and homeless people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender and to remove information on such topics from some government websites.

The reports were followed by a statement, cited by media outlets, from HHS spokesman Matt Lloyd that called the assertion that HHS had banned words as a "complete mischaracterization" of discussions about the budget, adding that HHS would continue to use the best science available to protect the health of Americans. "HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions", the statement continued.

The CDC is in a sensitive position.

"The health, science, and justice communities are organizing together to demonstrate that federal funding for health and science matters". The CDC is our nation's leading public health agency, tasked with the critical mission of protecting the nation from "health, safety, and security threats, '" Magaña wrote in a letter [PDF] to Mulvaney and leaders at HHS and CDC. The New York Times reported that CDC officials said that instead of a "ban", it was "a budget strategy to get funded" because Republicans control Congress. "Everybody's afraid to do their job right now", he said.

Planned Parenthood and other progressive-liberal organizations are lashing out at the Trump administration over a claim they are censoring words that can be used by government officials.

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Mr O'Leary said the move was "putting the needs of our customers first, and avoiding disruption to their Christmas flights". This is disappointing given all that's been said in the media over the last five days.

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