Trump Administration Prohibits CDC From Using Words 'Evidence-Based,' 'Diversity, 'Fetus,' More
- Author: Jon Douglas Dec 17, 2017,
Dec 17, 2017, 0:25
"DANGER! Trump Admin is going further down a risky and un-American path of word and thought control".
Seven words have been banned, and they include: "vulnerable", "entitlement", "diversity", "transgender", "fetus", "evidence-based" and "science-based". Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreThe almost 60 Dems who voted for impeachment FCC votes to limit program funding internet access for low-income communities More than a dozen lawmakers put family on campaign payroll MORE (D-Wis.) calling the decision "deeply disturbing and offensive". "It moves the Trump administration a step closer to Orwellian "newspeak" and reveals how shameless this administration is when it comes to censoring scientific research".
Pelosi, a vocal LGBT advocate, has previously lashed out against the administration's efforts to prevent transgender individuals from serving in the US military.
The now-taboo terms will not be used in official documents at the CDC..
According to the Post, other CDC officials have confirmed the existence of a list of forbidden words, raising the possibility that the ban is in effect in other parts of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Policy analysts at the CDC were informed about the "forbidden words" in a meeting on Thursday, and were provided a document in preparation for next year's budget.
The instructions even included alternative phrases in some instances.
CDC officials, according to the analyst, were told to supplement "science-based" or "evidence-based" phrasing with "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes".
Dana Singiser, vice president of public policy and government relations for Planned Parenthood, described it as "unimaginably dangerous" for the CDC to forbid its scientists and staff "from speaking about things essential to Americans' health". So, instead of going with "science", the CDC is supposed to go with what the "community" suggests?
Many CDC employees reportedly aren't happy about the changes.
An unnamed CDC analyst told the Post that everyone's reaction was "incredulous", and noted that the move was highly unusual. "It was very much, 'Are you serious?" Once Trump took office, however, the administration pulled back from including the questions.