Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the very agency tasked with saving and protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, are now under order by the Trump administration to stop using words including “vulnerable” in 2018 budget documents. In a 90-minute briefing, policy analysts at the nation’s leading public health institute were presented with the menu of seven banned words, an analyst said. On the list: “diversity,” “fetus,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “science-based” and “evidence-based.” Alternative word choices reportedly were presented in some cases. For instance, in lieu of “evidence-based” or “science-based,” an analyst might say, “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the source said. But those working on the Zika virus’s effect on developing fetuses may be at a loss for appropriate — or acceptable — words. The reaction in the room was “incredulous,” the longtime CDC analyst reported. Health and Human Services spokesman Matt Lloyd disputed the report.
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