U.S. health agency’s reported word ban on ‘fetus’ and ‘transgender’ alarms experts

CDC Forbidden Words
FILE – This Nov. 19, 2013 file photo shows a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo at the agency’s federal headquarters in Atlanta. Reacting to a Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 story in The Washington Post, health leaders say they are alarmed that officials at the CDC, the nation’s top public health agency, are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including “fetus,” ”transgender” and “science-based.” (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation’s top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender’ and ‘science-based.’

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