Trump Administration Prohibits CDC From Using Words 'Evidence-Based,' 'Diversity, 'Fetus,' More

Frederick Owens
December 17, 2017

The Washington Post reports that on Thursday, analysts at the Center for Disease Control were presented with a list of words that they're not allowed to use in any official documents pertaining to the organization's 2018 budget. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.

The analyst also noted that the ban on words hadn't made its way to CDC scietists yet, explaining that when it got down to them, they "will not lay down quietly".

And the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention refers on its website to the importance of its mission of "addressing the health needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender". The president's budget for 2019 is expected to be released in early February.

Federal agencies are sending in their budget proposals to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which has authority about what is included.

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".

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"It was very much, 'Are you serious?" The source added: "In my experience, we've never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint". A participant in the meeting told the Post that Kelly said the words could not be used in documents that are sent to Congress and CDC partners.

Following the news of the banned words, Twitter was flooded with remarks from individuals anxious about a ban on the expressions science-based and confirm based, while others featured feelings of trepidation over the words transgender and assorted variety being banned - with a board individual from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health portraying the move as "very stunning".

By the way, the CDC has a budget of about $7 billion and more than 12,000 employees, working on everything from food and water safety to heart disease to infectious disease outbreak prevention. Kelly told the group she had been authorised to give verbal instructions about the remaining banned words.

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