CDC's Banned Words Projected On Trump International Hotel By Human Rights Campaign

CDC's Banned Words Projected On Trump International Hotel By Human Rights Campaign

"The CDC remains committed to our public health mission as a science- and evidence-based institution, providing for the common defense of the country against health threats".

At the CDC, a senior career official in the office that oversees formulation of the agency's budget told participants last week that certain words in budget narratives were being sent back to the agency because of problematic words that had been "flagged", according to an analyst who took part in the meeting and whose job includes crafting budget-related documents. "It was never intended as overall guidance for how we describe and conduct CDC's work", Fitzgerald said.

Shin Inouye, director of communications and media relations of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said in a separate press release, "President Trump and his administration have launched the latest salvo in their all-out war on truth and science. "On its website, the CDC promises in a "Pledge to the American People" to 'base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data that is derived openly and objectively" and to 'treat all persons with dignity, honesty, and respect'".

HHS has been under fire for guidance its budget writers received last week, which identified certain words they should not use in narratives they are preparing for the Fiscal Year 2019 budget process.

The source in the Washington Post report said budget officials recommended replacing "evidence-based" or "science-based" with the phrase "science in consideration with community norms and standards", which the three groups today called unsafe and misleading.

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

CDC's Banned Words Projected On Trump International Hotel By Human Rights Campaign
CDC's Banned Words Projected On Trump International Hotel By Human Rights Campaign

The groups also worry that the budget language requests might make federal agencies hesitant to request money for science-based public health requests that are politically controversial.

In a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, and Office of Management and Budget, the senators ask about the development and dissemination of any discouraged words, the legality and enforcement of such a policy, and the policies in place to ensure the scientific integrity of the health agencies.

An HHS official did not respond to any additional questions. "HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions".

"Everybody in the public health community recognizes that there is a slowly growing timidity by colleagues whose budgets are dependent on the federal government. We will continue to talk about all our important public health programs", Fitzgerald tweeted.

One medical leader from an outside agency, who works closely with CDC employees, said a CDC ban on certain words and terms may not be limited to budget documents.

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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