Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump Administration Bans CDC From Using 7 Words and Phrases


"You can not fight against the Zika virus, or improve women's and fetal health, if you are unable to use the word "fetus.' You must be able to talk about science and evidence if you are to research cures for infectious diseases such as Ebola", Singiser said".

The banned words are "diversity", "fetus", "transgender", "vulnerable", "entitlement", "science-based" and "evidence-based", according to The Washington Post, CNN, and multiple other media sites.

The Trump administration has reportedly given the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a list of words that they can not use in official documents, according to a new report from The Washington Post, published on December 15.

Some of the banned words, the Post notes, were given alternatives: rather than using "science-based" or "evidence-based", they were encouraged to say that the "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes", one employee told the newspaper.

The decision to prevent certain words from being mentioned follows a pattern of behavior that has been growing since Trump took office, in which web pages referencing such topics as diverse (whoops, is that banned?) as climate change and LGBT issues have been removed from government websites, signaling supporters that the President has little time for such issues.

According to the report, the CDC analysts were given the list of prohibited terms during a designated meeting in Atlanta on Thursday. "It was very much, 'Are you serious?" "Transgender" "vulnerable" and "fetus" are also no-nos, according to the outlet.

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year's budget.

"Here's a word that's still allowed", added Rush Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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