Don’t use words such as foetus, transgender, science-based: Trump admin to health agency
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Don’t use words such as foetus, transgender, science-based: Trump admin to health agency

Reactions at the meeting with CDC officials ranged from “incredulous” to ”Are you serious? Are you kidding?”.

world Updated: Dec 16, 2017 18:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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US President Donald Trump speaks at a ceremony in Quantico, Virginia.(AFP Photo)

The Trump administration has told a government health agency not to use words such as ‘foetus’, ‘science-based’ and ‘transgender’, among others, in official documents for next year’s budget, a Washington Post report said.

An analyst from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Post CDC was given the list of seven such words during a meeting in Atlanta on Thursday.

Other words barred from use are: ‘vulnerable’, ‘entitlement’, ‘diversity’ and ‘evidence-based’.

Reactions at the meeting, held by senior leader Alison Kelly of the CDC, ranged from “incredulous” to ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?’, according to the analyst.

“In my experience, we’ve never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint,” the analyst was quoted as saying.

The agency was also given possible substitute words. For instance, instead of using ‘science-based’ or ‘evidence-based’, CDC officials were asked to say “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes”.

There have been noticeable changes in official terminology since Republican President Donald Trump assumed office in January this year. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHH) had removed questions about gender identity and sexual orientation from a survey of the elderly, US media reported in March.

Activists had lobbied for years for the inclusion of specific questions about elderly people from the LGBTQ community. The questions were added to the survey in 2014 by the Obama administration, NBC News said.

In October, Trump came under fire from rights groups, physicians and citizens after his administration annulled an Obamacare provision that obliged employer health plans to pay for contraception.

In another decision popular with Trump’s evangelical supporters, the Justice Department had declared that federal law banning sex discrimination in the workplace does not protect transgender employees. Trump has also removed protections for transgender students and moved to ban transgender people from the military.

The CDC is a federal agency under the HHH responsible for preventing outbreak of diseases

The budget for next year will be released in February.

First Published: Dec 16, 2017 15:24 IST