Trump Administration Prohibits CDC From Using Words 'Evidence-Based,' 'Diversity, 'Fetus,' More

17 December, 2017, 02:12 | Author: Leticia Riley
  • Trump Administration Prohibits CDC From Using Words 'Evidence-Based,' 'Diversity, 'Fetus,' More

The Department of Health and Human Services tried to play down Saturday a report that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had been barred from using seven words or phrases, including "science-based", "fetus", "transgender" and "vulnerable", in agency budget documents. In fact, there's a medical approach called "evidence-based medicine", which the National Institutes of Health describes as "conscientious, explicit, judicious and reasonable use of modern, best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients".

A source says alternative word choices were presented, but those working on the Zika virus's effect on developing fetuses found themselves at a loss of acceptable words.

A longtime CDC analyst who spoke to the Post about the prohibition said the room's reaction was "incredulous". "It was very much, 'Are you serious?"

News of the ban on certain words hasn't yet spread to the broader group of scientists at the CDC, but it's likely to provoke a backlash, the analyst said. The other words were mentioned verbally, the analyst said. "It moves the Trump administration a step closer to Orwellian "newspeak" and reveals how shameless this administration is when it comes to censoring scientific research".

"Our subject matter experts will not lay down quietly", the unnamed source said.

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"They are actually going to kill Americans if they do not stop". Of the removal of the phrases "evidence-based" and "science-based", he added: "Simply choosing to ignore reality, science, medicine, will not make these things go away and will not really advance anyone's cause or lead to improved health outcomes".

Calling the order "reckless" and "unimaginably risky", Dana Singiser, vice president of public policy and government affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told CNN.

The move additionally provoked inquiries concerning why Trump's organization would need to see less employments of science or confirmation based realities in reports. The forbidden words are "vulnerable", "entitlement", "diversity", "transgender", "fetus", "evidence-based" and "science-based".

The OMB did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment Friday night.

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

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