Trump bans words like ‘diversity’ and ‘transgender’ in CDC documents
The Trump administration banned the CDC from using seven words in official documents
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.”
Check out Twitter’s reaction to this news below.
— Ben Franklin Statue (@nw_christina) December 16, 2017
This administration brings high school literature to life, whether it’s To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984 or, in the case of the #CDC7Words Fahrenheit 451. I knew there was a reason they were making us read this stuff.
— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) December 16, 2017
So some overgrown man #fetus is so threatened by #diversity and #evidence-based reason that he literally just erases #science-based health policy, #transgender persons & the #vulnerable from any official documents he might have to read. Talk about #entitlement. #CDC7words
— Brooke LaFlamme (@Brooke_LaFlamme) December 16, 2017
BASED on the EVIDENCE, Trump’s self-ENTITLEMENT has led him to attack everything he fears, from DIVERSITY to SCIENCE to the TRANSGENDER community and left America VULNERABLE to tyranny. And even a FETUS can see that. #CDC7words #ImpeachTrump
— Nick Ostler (@nickostler) December 16, 2017
Yes, Donald Trump banned some words #CDC7words
But let’s give him credit, he also approved some phrases that CAN be used in CDC reports:
1. Putin Thinks…
2. Many scientists are saying…
3. Facts aside…
4. According to a guy that played a scientist on TV…
— Jeff Dwoskin – Hashtag Roundup (@bigmacher) December 16, 2017