According to the Washington Post, seven terms have been banned from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget documents.  For those unaware, the CDC is the top national health organization and falls under the Department of Health and Human Services, allowing for government oversight.  The seven words included in this ban were

  • vulnerable
  • entitlement
  • diversity
  • transgender
  • fetus
  • evidence-based
  • science-based

While a few words banning makes sense in terms of the administration’s overall goal (entitlement, diversity, transgender), some are confusing (vulnerable, fetus), and others in my opinion, should never be banned in a scientific study (evidence-based, science-based).  Major blow back resulted with the list and rightfully so.

Currently no reason has been given behind the selected banned words but this is more than troubling for an organization who’s purpose is to use science-based research to give suggestion on solutions.

“The decision, according to the Post’s reporting, was relayed in a meeting convened by a representative of the CDC’s Office of Financial Services who, according to the Post’s unnamed source, did not reveal the thinking behind the decision but allowed that she had been tasked with passing it along. The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, since the departure of then–Secretary Tom Price in a scandal over the taxpayer tab run up by his reliance on private jets, is being led by an acting secretary, Eric D. Hargan.”

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/cdc-reportedly-cautioned-to-avoid-seven-words-and-terms-including-diversity-2017-12-16