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.
I have exactly eight things I want to say today:
— Bill Taverner (@billtaverner) December 16, 2017
The Trump Administration has banned the CDC from using these 7 words:
Keep this in mind next time the Administration uses “free speech” as an excuse to defend Nazis.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) December 16, 2017
WARNING: Trump is telling the CDC, the nations public health agency that they are forbidden to use the following words in their upcoming budget documents
This is Hitler-esque
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) December 16, 2017
Everyone is sending me the CDC word list. Yes, of course it's a sign of authoritarianism.
But the worst signs are those that don't announce themselves. Look for more nefarious paths to censorship: partisan firings, funding cuts, prohibitions on public documents.
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) December 16, 2017
Americans: the government just banned the CDC from using *scientific words*, you’re losing the internet as a free forum and the President is planning to obstruct justice by firing the man who’s investigating him for obstructing justice.
You do know this is a coup, right?
— Mitch Benn (@MitchBenn) December 16, 2017
Communities of color face higher risk for some medical conditions.
Black women have a maternal mortality rate 300% higher than white women. Hispanics are 50% more likely to die from diabetes than whites.
Banning CDC from discussing “diversity” isn’t just wrong, it’s dangerous. https://t.co/tOGTxxkh5g
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) December 16, 2017
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