CDC Reportedly Given List of Seven Banned Words and Phrases

Aaron Brown
December 17, 2017

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are now prohibited from using these words or phrases in any official documents being prepared for the 2018 budget: "diversity", "fetus", "transgender", "vulnerable", "entitlement", "science-based" and "evidence-based". For instance, in lieu of "evidence-based" or 'science-based, ' an analyst might say, 'CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes, ' the source said.

Trump administration officials in the Department of Health and Human Services said a report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading US public health agency, is being barred from using certain words, including "diversity", "transgender" and "fetus", is a "complete mischaracterization".

The OMB did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment Friday night. Just like Kellyanne Conway created "alternative facts", the Trump administration reportedly had a list of "alternative phrases" to use.

Policy analysts at the CDC were presented with the list of banned words during a 90-minute briefing on Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

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The reaction in the room was "incredulous", the longtime CDC analyst told the Post. Are you kidding?' " the analyst said, "In my experience, we've never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint". But CDC officials, the analyst told the Post, were not always given replacement phrases.

As news of the word ban spreads at the CDC, the analyst expects growing backlash. "Our subject matter experts will not lay down quietly - this hasn't trickled down to them yet". Much of the CDC's work has strong bipartisan support.

The reported ban comes as CDC officials are preparing documents to give to Congress and CDC allies, with the president's budget expected to be released in early February.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is calling the report of banned words a "complete mischaracterization of discussions", without addressing whether specific words were banned.

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