The Trump administration has reportedly given the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a list of words that they can not use in official documents, according to a new report from The Washington Post, published on December 15.
The words are: "evidence-based", "science-based", "entitlement", "vulnerable", "diversity", "transgender", and "fetus", the Post reported. A participant in the meeting told the Post that Kelly said the words could not be used in documents that are sent to Congress and CDC partners.
The instructions even included alternative phrases in some instances.
The Trump administration is striking seven words and phrases - including "fetus" and "vulnerable" - from official budget documents.. Of the removal of the phrases "evidence-based" and "science-based", he added: "Simply choosing to ignore reality, science, medicine, will not make these things go away and will not really advance anyone's cause or lead to improved health outcomes".
The administration's push to prevent the CDC from discussing "diversity" comes amid Omarosa Manigault Newman's highly-publicized resignation from her post as White House senior official.
The Trump administration also moved away from the possibility of including information about sexuality and gender identity in the U.S. Census.
The Trump administration in its early days quickly scrubbed information related to LGBTQ people from the Health and Human Services website, and the Associated Press reported in March that the US Census Bureau would not include a category for LGBTQ people in its proposal for the 2020 census.
Here are a few Twitter over-reactions to the Trump administration move.
This report has also stunned others in the medical field. Especially troubling to Halpern was that top officials had suggested that instead of putting primary emphasis on science, staff should write that "the CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes".
The scientific community and science advocates can no longer shy away from politics and controversial topics in the face of blatant attempts to silence our work and question its integrity.
For some of the listed words, no replacement suggestions were offered, according to the Post.