Health officials deny report of 'banned words' including 'fetus' and 'diversity'

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UPDATE: The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is refuting a report by the Washington post that the office obtained a directive to not use certain words in their 2019 budget.

"I want to assure you there are no banned words at CDC. We will continue to talk about all our important public health programs," Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald Tweeted.


WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - President Donald Trump's administration may soon require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to refrain from using certain words and phrases from use in the 2019 budget, according to a report by The Washington Post.

The report states those words are "science-based," "fetus," "transgender," "entitlement," "vulnerable," "evidence-based" and "diversity." The Post claims that officials were told about these words during a Thursday meeting in Atlanta.

During the meeting, CDC senior leaders were given alternative phrases like: “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes," according to The Washington Post report.

The paper spoke with an unnamed CDC analyst who could not recall a time when words had been banned from use before.

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