CDC banned from utilizing 'evidence-based' and 'science-based' in official paperwork

17 December, 2017, 03:27 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • CDC banned from utilizing 'evidence-based' and 'science-based' in official paperwork

Trump administration officials in the Department of Health and Human Services said a report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading US public health agency, is being barred from using certain words, including "diversity", "transgender" and "fetus", is a "complete mischaracterization".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed President Donald Trump after his administration barred the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using certain words and phrases, tweeting Saturday that banning words like "diversity" and "transgender" is "un-American". In other cases, no replacement words were offered. The meeting where they were unveiled was led by Alison Kelly, a senior leader in the agency's Office of Financial Services, a CDC analyst who attended the meeting but wanted to remain anonymous told the newspaper.

As news of the word ban spreads at the CDC, the analyst expects growing backlash.

"You can not fight against the Zika virus, or improve women's and fetal health, if you are unable to use the word "fetus.' You must be able to talk about science and evidence if you are to research cures for infectious diseases such as Ebola", Singiser said".

The Times confirmed some details of the report with several officials, although a few suggested that the proposal was not so much a ban on words but recommendations to avoid some language to ease the path toward budget approval by Republicans.

In response to ABC News' request for comment from the CDC, an HHS spokesperson responded in a statement.

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The National Center HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention are among the offices overseen by the CDC. Are you kidding?' " the analyst said, "In my experience, we've never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint".

"Our subject matter experts will not lay down quietly", the unnamed source said.

The analyst told the Post that CDC staffers were "incredulous" that they would be forced to edit themselves. "The Trump administration is full of unsafe science deniers who have no business near American public health systems like the CDC", she continued. "HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans".

Much of the CDC's work has strong bipartisan support.

Fox News also covered the story, based on the Washington Post and Associated Press reports.

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