The Trump administration has reportedly banned policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for the 2019 budget, the Washington Post reported Friday.
The analysts were informed about the banned words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget.
The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
An analyst who attended the 90-minute briefing told the Post that instead of using “evidence-based” or “science-based,” policy analysts are now instructed to use the phrase, “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”
The analyst told the newspaper that other branches of Trump’s health department are likely complying with the same list of banned words.
The source said that CDC analysts reacted with surprise when the list was unveiled.
“It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?’” the analyst said, “In my experience, we’ve never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint.”