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Trump Administration Bans CDC From Using 7 Words and Phrases

17 December 2017

While we were all distracted by the FCC ruling to repeal the internet neutrality rules the Trump administration hit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention with a list of seven forbidden words or phrases including "vulnerable", "entitlement", "diversity", "transgender", "fetus", "evidence-based" & "science-based" in any official documents being prepared for next year's budget. It now appears that the Trump administration has given their own list of seven verboten words and phrases to the nation's top public health agency. For example, officials can say "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes" instead of saying a recommendation is "science-based" or "evidence-based". The list also bans the use of "vulnerable", "entitlement", "diversity", "transgender" and "fetus".

The reaction in the room was "incredulous", the longtime CDC analyst told the Post. The source inside the CDC claims that this directive hasn't yet circulated throughout the organization and expects strong pushback from researchers who "will not lay down quietly".

"The assertion that HHS has "banned words" is a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process", Lloyd said. Of the removal of the phrases "evidence-based" and "science-based", he added: "Simply choosing to ignore reality, science, medicine, will not make these things go away and will not really advance anyone's cause or lead to improved health outcomes".

Sharing the news about the banned words, Planned Parenthood tweeted: "It's clearer than at any other time: this organization has abhorred ladies' wellbeing, LGBTQ individuals, and science since the very first moment".

And the Trump administration isn't messing around.


"They are actually going to kill Americans if they do not stop". "'Science-based" and "evidence-based' might not have been considered as unusable as the others".

The move also highlights the administration's attitude toward the LGBT community, particularly transgender people.

The OMB did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment Friday night.

Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society, blasted the notion of banning certain words - particularly ones rooted in science.

Trump Administration Bans CDC From Using 7 Words and Phrases