Dear Mr. VP,
Today, CNN is reporting on an update to a story that got a lot of attention recently: a list of seven words that some said were “banned” at the Centers for Disease control.
Fetus, transgender, diversity, vulnerable, science-based, evidence-based, entitlement.
Here’s some of CNN’s update:
They describe not a ban or prohibition on words but rather suggestions on how to improve the chances of getting funding.
“Words to avoid: vulnerable, diversity, entitlement,” states the HHS document, “Instructions for Preparing the FY 2019 Congressional Justifications.”The other four words on the list — “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based” — were brought up by employees at the meeting who wanted to know if they could be used, according to the two HHS officials, who were familiar with what transpired at the meeting.“Nobody ever told them they couldn’t use these seven words. It was just said, ‘if you think these words would cause someone to jump to a conclusion, then use a substitute. But if there isn’t a good substitute, then go ahead and use the word,’ ” said one of the officials.