The Trump administration has banned the CDC (Center for Disease Control) from using seven words in any documents the agency plans to use to prepare its budget.
On Thursday, policy analysts at the CDC were informed about words they can no longer use during a 90-minute long meeting in Atlanta.
The words barred from usage are, “science-based,” “evidence-based,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” and “fetus.”
A senior member of the CDC’s Office of Financial Services broke the news, but said that she was not aware of the reasons why the words were banned.
What they are allowed to say
Analysts were informed that instead of using the words “science-based” and “evidence-based” they could say that the “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”
A source with the CDC said they could not remember a time when any other administration banned the agency from using certain words.
Ban causes shock
Dr. Loren Schechter, the director of the Center for Gender Confirmation surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, as well as a board member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, said that he was shocked by the ban.
“I’m not sure what the ultimate rationale is for doing this aside from trying to erase certain types of people off the map,” he said, referring to the ban of words “transgender” and “diversity.”
“I think walking back hard-earned civil rights is something that is, number one, quite shocking to me and, number two, quite concerning. 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.
“This is quite an absurdity,” Schechter added. “The president sets the agenda. It’s quite scary … it really sends a chill down your spine. I can’t imagine how you don’t allow terms to be used. It’s sort of like the thought police here.
“Perhaps we can say the world is flat now.”