Health Agency Ban
Health Agency Ban

‘Transgender’ and ‘Science-Based’ Among Words Banned From Health Agencies by Trump

In today’s WTF news, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were given a list of seven newly prohibited words in a 2018 budget document, according to the Washington Post.

This past Thursday, a meeting took place between policy analysts and senior CDC officials to discuss the upcoming year’s budget. This is precisely when the list of ‘forbidden’ words was given to them. These words include “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

In speaking with the Washington Post, the Department of Health and Human Services spokesman, Matt Lloyd said that the HHS, “will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.”

Suggestions were also offered on how exactly to replace these terms. For instance, instead of using “evidence-based” or “science-based,” one could say, “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”

And while this ‘fun’ play on words may potentially work for several of the seven banned terms, words like fetus and transgender don’t necessarily have the same luck. Dana Singiser, of Planned Parenthood, called this decision, “unimaginably dangerous.” She also pointed out that this ban is not a just an edit of vocabulary, but rather a change of focus to an entire agency.

In response to this, many enraged Twitter users have begun posting and sharing all seven terms to promote their visibility (along with some choice words for Trump) using the hashtag, #CDC7words. Much of the online community has drawn comparisons of this ban to Hitler.

Check out some of the online responses to the Trump administration’s health agencies ban below.

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