State Dept. mulls proposal to ban ‘sex’-related phrases in official communication: report

State Dept. mulls proposal to ban ‘sex’-related phrases in official communication: report
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The State Department is considering a proposal to ban diplomats from using the phrases “sexual and reproductive health” and “comprehensive sexuality education," Politico reported Wednesday. 

Politico, citing four unnamed sources, reported that the proposal is being floated to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoEngel: IG report shows Pompeo's 'sham' use of emergency declaration in arms sales Overnight Defense: Trump pushed to restore full National Guard funding | Watchdog faults Pompeo on civilian risk of Saudi arms sales Pelosi on 'disturbing situation' in Hong Kong: 'The world is watching' MORE and is backed by conservatives within the State Department and at other agencies.


Instead of those two phrases, diplomats could be required to say things such as “reproduction and the related health services” in any official communications, a source told Politico.

The State Department did not immediately return a request for comment to The Hill. The department also reportedly didn't return multiple requests for comment from Politico.

According to Politico, State Department adviser Mari Stull and Bethany Kozma, an adviser at the U.S. Agency for International Development, are behind to the push to ban the phrases. 

Stull came under scrutiny in June amid a report that she was vetting staffers in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs on their loyalty to President Trump.

Additionally, Kozma reportedly said at a United Nations meeting earlier this year that the U.S. is a “pro-life nation.” 

Politico also reported in February that the State Department would remove language related to women's rights and discrimination in its annual human rights reports. State Department officials had been instructed to take out parts of the report that mentioned family planning and access women have to birth control and abortions, Politico reported at the time.