President Trump Ban CDC from using these words "science-based" and "transgender"

Saul Bowman
December 17, 2017

A longtime CDC analyst who spoke to the Post about the prohibition said the room's reaction was "incredulous".

The newspaper reports policy analysts at the CDC were told of the list at a meeting this week with senior officials who oversee the budget.

Instead of "science-based" or "evidence-based", the suggested phrase was "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes".

NEW YORK, NY, 12/16/2017-The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) today condemned an effort by officials of the Trump administration to ban the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using seven words in its budget communications: vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based and science-based. According to the CDC's Alison Kelly's statements to the Washington Post, any budget proposal-related documents sent to the Office of Management and Budget that contain those words have been sent back for "correction".

"It was very much, 'Are you serious?"

In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. The other words were mentioned verbally, according to the analyst.

Workers arrive at the Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday morning after the federal government shutdown in Washingt
Workers arrive at the Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday after the federal government shutdown. Thomson Reuters

The Post notes that the Department of Health and Human services has removed information on LGBT people on its website and dropped questions on sexual orientation and gender identity in several surveys. "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".

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

Many CDC employees reportedly aren't happy about the changes. "Are you kidding?'" the analyst said. "HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions".

"The assertion that HHS has "banned words" is a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process", HHS spokesman Matt Lloyd said Saturday.

The forbidden language includes "entitlement", "transgender", "fetus", "vulnerable", and "evidence-based", the paper reported.


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