The National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention is working on ways to prevent HIV among transgender people and reduce health disparities.
"It's absurd and Orwellian, it's stupid and Orwellian, but they are not saying to not use the words in reports or articles or scientific publications or anything else the CDC does", the former official said.
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. But according to the analyst, others at the meeting were surprised by the announcement, and the general reaction was "incredulous". "It was very much, 'Are you serious?"
The analyst expects growing backlash as news of the word ban spreads at the CDC.
WaPo's source believes the agency's scientists and subject matter experts "will not lay down quietly". Other forbidden words include "vulnerable", "entitlement", "fetus", and "evidence-based". The Trump administration is full of unsafe science deniers who have no business near American public health systems like the CDC. Of the removal of the phrases "evidence-based" and "science-based", he added: "Simply choosing to ignore reality, science, medicine, will not make these things go away and will not really advance anyone's cause or lead to improved health outcomes". In March, HHS chose to stop counting LGBT people in two surveys, the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants and the Annual Program Performance Report for Centers for Independent Living.
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Calling the order "reckless" and "unimaginably unsafe", Dana Singiser, vice president of public policy and government affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told CNN. What's the alternative to basing your conclusions on "evidence?"
The abridged vocabulary for administrators could affect the Center's recommendations for the handling of populations such as transgender people that are statistically more vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases. "You must be able to acknowledge the humanity of transgender people in order to address their health care needs".
Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society, blasted the notion of banning certain words - particularly ones rooted in science.
The Office of Management and Budget did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.