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


The Trump administration has reportedly banned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using the phrases "evidence-based" and "science-based" in official documents.

According to the newspaper, alternative phrases were offered for some of the words, such as swapping "science-based" or "evidence-based" with "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes".

The Washington Post reported that policy analysts at the CDC were told in a meeting Thursday to not use certain words in any official documents for preparing for the budget for fiscal year 2019. "Our subject matter experts will not lay down quietly - this hasn't trickled down to them yet". "This hasn't trickled down to them yet".

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.

Others, outside the agency, are already responding with their own choice words.

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And the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention refers on its website to the importance of its mission of "addressing the health needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender".

By now, the Trump administration has earned a reputation for suppressing scientific research that doesn't support Republican talking points. In March, HHS made a decision 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.

"Banned words in Trump's America apparently include "evidence-based", "transgender", and "vulnerable". Are you kidding?'Reaction to the weird and risky new order has not been favorable. "You must be able to acknowledge the humanity of transgender people in order to address their health care needs".

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

The CDC did not immediately comment Saturday when contacted about by The Star.