The Trump administration has, in what can only be described as an Orwellian nightmare, banned the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven specific words.
The seven taboo terms now banned from use in official documents from the institute, which issues reports on health promotion and disease prevention in the United States, in no particular order are...
“Fetus,” “Transgender,” “Diversity”, “Science-Based” “Evidence-Based,” “Entitlement,” and “Vulnerable"
Reportedly CDC policy analysts were informed of the forbidden words in a 90-minute meeting in Atlanta on Thursday with senior CDC officials.
The meeting was led by a senior member of the CDC’s Office of Financial Services who according to sources didn’t know why the words were forbidden and said she was merely relaying information.
A source inside the meeting said they were suggested words and phrases to use in place of “science-based” or “evidence-based,” such as...
“CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,”
This left many worried that those as the CDC working on the Zika virus's effect on developing fetuses may be at a loss for appropriate/acceptable words.
Those at the CDC were reportedly shocked and concerned by the edict and were unsure what the rationale was aside from trying to erase certain types of people from their reports.
The now-taboo terms will not be used in official documents from the Atlanta institute, which issues reports on health promotion and disease prevention in the United States.
This new rule will undoubtably make the work of several CDC departments more difficult based on the populations they serve such as The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention and researching the Zika virus.
Sources also believe that other employees of the Health and Human Services department are likely subjected to the same rule.