Orwellian Nightmare: Trump administration prohibits the CDC from using a list of seven words or phrases including “science-based” and “evidence-based.”
The seven words and phrases being banned by the Trump administration are “diversity,” “fetus,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “science-based” and “evidence-based.”
The Washington Post reports that agency analysts for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation’s top public health agency, are forbidden from using the 7 banned words and phrases in budget documents:
The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.
Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
One CDC analyst told The Post that employees at the meeting were “incredulous” at the announcement of the Orwellian word ban, explaining:
Reaction to the bizarre and dangerous new order has not been favorable.
It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?’
In a written statement, Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said:
To pretend and insist that transgender people do not exist, and to allow this lie to infect public health research and prevention is irrational and very dangerous. The Trump administration is full of dangerous science deniers who have no business near American public health systems like the CDC. They are actually going to kill Americans if they do not stop.
Dana Singiser, vice president of public policy and government affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, called the order “reckless” and “unimaginably dangerous,” declaring:
You cannot fight against the Zika virus, or improve women’s and fetal health, if you are unable to use the word ‘fetus.’ You must be able to talk about science and evidence if you are to research cures for infectious diseases such as Ebola. You must be able to acknowledge the humanity of transgender people in order to address their health care needs. You cannot erase health inequities faced by people of color simply by forbidding the use of the words ‘vulnerable’ or ‘diversity’.
Bottom line: Straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, Trump’s war on science continues.