Trump Administration Tells CDC It Can’t Say ‘Transgender,’ ‘Diversity,’ Or ‘Fetus’

By on December 16, 2017

Are you sitting down? Because this is just downright unbelievable.

Policy analysts at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) were told on Thursday about a list of words the agency cannot use in its publications, internal documents, or any other type of official document produced.

The list of words and terms that CDC officials will be forbidden from using, according to the Washington Post, include: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based.”

The words above cannot be used at all by the CDC — which means that the Trump administration likely doesn’t want health officials at the agency doing research into certain topics, or even recognizing the health aspects of certain groups of people.

The list of banned words and terms will definitely make things problematic for CDC workers. Disallowing the use of the word “fetus,” for example, means any research into fetal issues (including abortion, stem cell research, fertility concerns, and so on) will be limited in scope, and possibly aiding the so-called “personhood” movement to restrict rights of women during pregnancies.

Restriction of the word “transgender” is a clear political attack against trans people as well. President Donald Trump already attempted to prevent transgender individuals from serving in the U.S military earlier this year, a move that was blocked by a federal judge (and ignored by the Pentagon as a result).

And when it comes to diversity, we’ve already seen that the Trump administration isn’t keen on promoting the causes of people who aren’t white. When white supremacists injured protesters and killed activist Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past summer, Trump was quick to state that “both sides” were to blame.

He’s also frequently attacked African Americans while being less critical of whites in situations where the former didn’t do anything wrong while the latter committed clear acts of wrongdoing. Restricting the CDC from using the word “diversity” is just an extension of the bigotry already exhibited by the Trump administration.

Disallowing the use of the terms “science-based” and “evidence-based” is also a political maneuver, meant to limit how those terms can be applied to other Trump policies that fly in the face of scientific evidence.

There can be little doubt about it: the list of “banned” words that cannot be used at the CDC is an attempt at restricting scientific speech, and pushing a controversial set of agenda items at the White House. It’s disgustingly political, it’s transparent censorship — and the scientists at the CDC ought to fight against it.