Censoring words associated with public health would be a big mistake | Dallas News

 Photo by Carolyn Langton via Flickr

Photo by Carolyn Langton via Flickr

A recent Washington Post report suggested that a directive was issued to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that bars the agency from using seven words and phrases in CDC budget materials and official documents. According to the report, the censored terminology includes "fetus," "transgender," "diversity," "vulnerable," "entitlement," "evidence-based" and "science-based." In a somewhat Orwellian twist, the CDC has apparently been told that an acceptable option for describing evidence or science-based information could read as follows: "The CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes." It may be worth remembering that at times in world history, community standards and wishes shared the consensus that the Earth was flat.

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