CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity

Dec 18, 2017

By Lena H. Sun and Juliet Eilperin

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 official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.

Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden terms at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden terms are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, “will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans,” HHS spokesman Matt Lloyd told The Washington Post. “HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.”

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4 comments on “CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity

  • @OP – The forbidden terms are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

    As I suggested on an earlier thread – employees forbidden to use the forbidden words should use coded alternatives as follows:

    Instead of “science-based” [censored word 1] or ­“evidence-based,”[censored word 2] “vulnerable,”[censored word 3] “entitlement” [censored word 4] “diversity.”[censored word 5] “transgender”[censored word 6], and “fetus” [censored word 7].

    Should another dictat forbidding the use of [censored word ] in place of banned words appear, this should make for an interesting public media debate by the “free speech” lobby and Trumpies’ use of “alternative facts”!

    There could also be another “list of words not tot be used”, made public regarding descriptions of Trump appointments and Trump policies:-

    Competent, honest, factual, scientific, accurate, informed, expert, researched, respected academic, professional consensus, diplomatic, internationally agreed, etc. – BUT THERE WOULD BE NO NEED TO BAN THESE WORDS, AS NONE OF THEM APPLY TO TRUMP and Co. ANYWAY! 🙂



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