The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a list of words that have been banned from being used in official agency documents: “entitlement”, “transgender”, “vulnerable”, “fetus”, “diversity”, “evidence-based”, and “science-based.”
For the terms “science-based” and “evidence-based”, substitutions were provided. The other banned phrases, however, were given no alternatives. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the accusations of phrases being banned are a “complete mischaracterization.”
Despite the denial, an anonymous source has stated that certain CDC officials have confirmed the existence of a list of banned terms. The report has caused outrage from some members of Congress, like Wisconsin Democrat Gwen Moore, whose district includes all of Milwaukee.
— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) December 16, 2017
Planned Parenthood has also stated that the banning of these words could severely hinder CDC’s ability to address public health issues.
Per the Washington Post:
A second HHS agency received similar guidance to avoid using ‘entitlement,’ ‘diversity’ and ‘vulnerable,’ according to an official who took part in a briefing earlier in the week. Participants at that agency were also told to use ‘Obamacare’ instead of ACA, or the Affordable Care Act, and to use ‘exchanges’ instead of ‘marketplaces’ to describe the venues where people can purchase health insurance.
HHS’ denial seems questionable at best. In recent months, the department has removed pages from their website that help LGBT Americans and their families, including one focused on human trafficking victims.
All of this comes after many other inflammatory decisions and statements from the Trump administration. The banning of these seven words is adding fuel to the fire.
These terms are important to modern American society and banning their usage could prove to be a problematic decision.
[Washington Post] [The Hill] [NPR] [Photo courtesy Ring of Fire]