Trump Administration Bans CDC From Using 7 Words and Phrases

16 December, 2017, 19:07 | Author: Nina Hammond
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The Trump administration is striking seven words and phrases - including "fetus" and "vulnerable" - from official budget documents.

The analyst who leaked the information said that Kelly did not personally favor the gag order but said that the White House had repeatedly marked certain words for "correction" in CDC draft budgets.

Now, the administration has prohibited the Center for Disease Controls from using seven words or phrases in any official documents for the 2018 budget. The list also bans the use of "vulnerable", "entitlement", "diversity", "transgender" and "fetus". Several key departments - including Health and Human Services, which oversees CDC, as well as Justice, Education and Housing and Urban Development - have changed some federal policies and how they collect government information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has not been coy about its ideologically conservative principles, or its intention to govern accordingly.

Sharing the news about the banned words, Planned Parenthood tweeted: "It's clearer than ever: this administration has disdained women's health, LGBTQ people, and science since day one". The president was heavily rebuked for his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate deal in June - an accord that came into effect in November 2016 in an attempt to engage countries to take decisive steps to prevent the Earth from heating up any further due to global warming. A senior CDC official informed policy analysts at the agency about the list on Thursday, though she didn't explain why the words were now off limits. "Are you kidding?'" the person said.

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Another analyst told the Post it is highly probable all the health organizations have been handed similar mandates by the Trump administration.

A study in October by the watchdog group, Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, found that the phrase "climate change" has been disappearing from the EPA website since the Trump took office.

"It was very much, 'Are you serious?"

Neither an OMB spokesman nor a CDC spokeswoman responded to requests for comment Friday.

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