A new report by the Washington Post is stirring controversy and questions about the Trump administration’s decision to ban seven words from use by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in their official reports for 2018. According to the Post, Alison Kelly who serves in the CDC’s Office of Financial Services, led the meeting where the announcement and a handout was made with the list of the forbidden words.
The report was made by an anonymous source and Alison Kelly has yet to publicly speak about the meeting. The Washington Post was given a copy of the list that included the following words: fetus, vulnerable, transgender, diversity, evidence-based, science-based and entitlement.
Response to the report was swift and many people accused the Trump administration of resorting to Orwellian practices. Others clearly saw the connection between the list of words and how they translate to the Obama administration that focused heavily on LGBT and abortion rights.
Others deduced the words “diversity” and “entitlement” had made the banned list for their association with civil rights, race relations, and even immigration.
Trump Admin bans the top public health agency in the country from using words “fetus”, “transgender”, “science-based” & “evidence-based.”
The word “entitlement” is also banned, so not sure how the CDC is gonna talk about white men then. ??♀️https://t.co/WPrM2kyejP
— janaya khan (@janaya_khan) December 16, 2017
The news was immediately met with criticism and some used social media to express their outrage. According to the Washington Post report, no officials with the CDC chose to speak publicly about the issue, though the Post does say that other CDC officials confirmed the existence of the list.
Now, public calls are being made asking leaders to reject this list of preventative terminology when filing their official documents.
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) December 16, 2017
Actress and vocal activist Alyssa Milano also made a public comment about the report. Some responded they are fearful this is just the beginning and that soon it will become a crime if the words are used.
Alison Kelly, the person who supposedly supplied these words, has been at the CDC since 2016: https://t.co/WzeHUl9LKh Obama-era appointee trying to cause trouble, or is she just relaying orders? Inquiring minds want to know instead of jumping to conclusions.
— A Kermode Bear (@AKermodeBear) December 16, 2017
Right now they're just forbidden. Wait until they are legislated. Then they are a crime. Then we wake up in some dystopian sci fi.
It sounds insane, but everything has been insane and nothing surprises me anymore.
— Tuna (@2naOnWhite) December 16, 2017
The Trump Administration has been at odds with the scientific-community since it came into power and many are worried for the country.
As the LGBT community was afforded new rights and protections under the Obama administration, the addition of the word “transgender” had cause great controversy.
The Trump administration is already at odds with LGBT rights and many are unclear and downright scared of where Trump envisions homosexuals in his new America.
Sarah Kate Ellis referred to the Trump’s administration and track record on transgender rights a dangerous pattern.
Removing protections for trans students, a proposed trans military ban, and now prohibiting the CDC from using the word “transgender.” We see this for what it is, a dangerous pattern, and a hateful targeted erasure of trans people- and as Americans we will not stand for it. https://t.co/HOxxX8QGNL
— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) December 16, 2017
What do you think about the report? Do you find the seven banned words a red flag or do you agree with the decision?
Should these words be banned from government budget reports and other official documents?