The United States’ Center for Disease Control (CDC) received a list from the Trump administration of seven words and phrases they’re no longer allowed to use in their budget reports. Among the list is ‘transgender,’ ‘science-based,’ ‘diversity,’ ‘vulnerable,’ and ‘fetus.’
Policy analysts for the CDC in Atlanta were told of this list on Thursday (14 December) during a 90-minute briefing. Documents related to the federal budget proposal were sent back to the agency for ‘correction,’ as they used these phrases. Alison Kelly, a senior leader at the CDC’s office for financial services, reportedly led this meeting and did not explain why these terms were banned.
The full list of banned terms is as follows:
What are people saying?
Reactions to this announcement ranged from confused to angry. Some made parallels to previous actions taken by the Trump administration, such as telling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove any mentions of climate change from its website.
Our top public health agency, the CDC, is now prohibited from using these words in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget:
You. Can’t. Make. This. Up.
— Lee Camp [Redacted] (@LeeCamp) December 16, 2017
I am in Hong Kong. I showed this to a colleague from India – he said, “So how do you say fetal alcohol syndrome now @CDC ?”
A Thai health leader said, “They will sow hatred with this, all over the world.” https://t.co/4qODcCDQOZ
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) December 16, 2017
i’m pissed. i’m pissed about all the folks just now awakening to “what?! Trump is banning words from CDC reports?” i’m pissed that people are just now starting to realize Trump is a fascist authoritarian dictator when they’ve been warned a million times.
— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) December 16, 2017
Like a child covering ears and saying “I can’t hear you…” Except this is our government refusing to hear the language of science, fact, reason, and… maturity. It would be a joke, if it wasn’t so deadly serious.
Science must be part of #WhatUnitesUs https://t.co/q0RzDHYjZS
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) December 16, 2017
A science agency restricted from using the term “science-based.” Ponder the absurdity. https://t.co/D1fDPQ6cCS
— Taylor Griffin (@tgriffinnc) December 16, 2017
How are CDC and public health researchers supposed to request funding in the budget for evidence-based research on particular groups and issues if they cannot use terms like “fetus”, “transgender”, “evidence-based”?
That’s the point. They can’t. This effectively ends research. https://t.co/Dyj00tjkSJ
— Renee Bracey Sherman (@RBraceySherman) December 16, 2017
Now that the CDC can’t talk about me, I’m free to spread my transness at will.
By this time next year 30% of the population will be trans.
— Emily G, Cville. (@EmilyGorcenski) December 16, 2017
I find it ridiculously ubsurd that a President thinks it ABSOLUTELY ok to BAN the CDC FROM USING/SAYING THE WORD TRANSGENDER.
I AM TRANS.
I AM ALSO LIVID THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO DENY OUR EXISTENCE AS PEOPLE RIGHT AS WE’RE STANDING IN FRONT OF THEM.
— Eli (@elknight20) December 16, 2017
So Trump has “forbidden” #transgender from usage by the CDC.
Hey, you Tang-colored, bigoted jackass! You and your whole asinine administration!
We were already here before you arrived, are still here, and will continue to be here long after you’re just a nightmare in history.
— Rowan Mooney (@rowanred81) December 16, 2017
“The Seven Words You Can’t Say at the CDC” is the least funny George Carlin routine ever.
— James Hynes (@jameshynes) December 16, 2017
Trump administration is prohibiting CDC from using these phrases in any official budget documents “vulnerable”, “entitlement”, “diversity”, “transgender”, “fetus”, “evidence-based” and “science-based”. We must #resist this draconian administration #VoteBlue2018 #saturdaymorning
— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) December 16, 2017
Tax Bill, environmental policies, CDC word limitations, revoking, Net Neutrality, refusing to talk to Korea , attacking the press, fighting affordable health act, attacking the FBI, supporting NRA, alienating allies, etc. One lunatic did all this. We Must Impeach
— Haku Kuze (@hakukuze) December 16, 2017
First law of totalitarianism: discredit institutions. Second law: discredit free speech. Third law: Discredit scientific evidence that doesnt meet your worldview. @realDonaldTrump , you’ve been taking your playbook from Hitler all Along. Take back the 7 word ban from CDC.
— Sara (@saratariq71) December 16, 2017
That the Trump administration is prohibiting CDC officials from using a list of seven words/phrases that include “fetus,” “diversity,” and “transgender” in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget is an attempt to undermine diversity and freedom.
— ❄️Allie Wen❄️ (@alliewen21) December 16, 2017