The federal government has barred the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using words like “fetus,” “transgender” and “science-based” in official budget documents, according to reports.
The story —— reported by the Washington Post late on Friday —— said that the ban was imposed during a recent meeting of senior budget officials at the US CDC.
The paper reported that at least seven words and phrases — diversity, entitlement, fetus, transgender, vulnerable, evidence-based and science-based — were prohibited from being used in documents which are circulated within the federal government and Congress. Reports state that the documents pertained to the ones made in preparation for the next presidential budget.
A CDC official confirmed the reports on Saturday and stated on conditions of anonymity that the officials of the national health agency were given “feedback” from higher ranks of the federal government at a recent meeting about the usage of certain language in draft budget documents.
The CCD official, however, added that she did not know if there was a particular prohibition on the usage of specific words in the budget documents.
A US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spokesperson, in a statement, said that saying that the CDC was banned from using certain words was a mischaracterization.
The CDC director Dr Brenda Fitzgerald sent an email to the employees of the agency on Saturday night and mentioned the media reports.
“I want to assure you that CDC remains committed to our public health mission as a science- and evidence-based institution. As part of our commitment to provide for the common defense of the country against health threats, science is and will remain the foundation of our work,” Dr Fitzgerald said.
CDC is America’s top health agency and is responsible for keeping a track of and responding to infectious disease outbreak like Zika and Ebola.