The CDC Can No Longer Use Partisan Words like "Transgender" or "Science-Based"


Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words 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 words are: transgender, diversity, abortion, fetus, vulnerable, entitlement, evidence-based, and science-based - you know, the kind of terms authoritarians tend to embrace wholeheartedly.

The administration suggested alternatives to some of the words. "Our subject matter experts will not lay down quietly - this hasn't trickled down to them yet".

He claimed to CNN that the story was a "mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process", but did not specifically deny that the words and phrases were verboten. "HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans".

The Trump administration has been repeatedly scrutinized for declining to acknowledge science-based findings, particularly related to climate change. The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention is working on ways to prevent HIV among transgender people and reduce health disparities.

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Following the news of the banned words, Twitter was flooded with remarks from individuals anxious about a ban on the expressions science-based and confirm based, while others featured feelings of trepidation over the words transgender and assorted variety being banned - with a board individual from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health portraying the move as "very stunning". In March, HHS chose to stop counting LGBT people in two surveys, the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants and the Annual Program Performance Report for Centers for Independent Living.

Calling the order "reckless" and "unimaginably risky", Dana Singiser, vice president of public policy and government affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, also weighed in.

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

Neither an OMB spokesman nor a CDC spokeswoman responded to requests for comment Friday.