The Woman’s March organization broke the story earlier today that the officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the very agency tasked with saving and protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, are now under order by the Trump administration to stop using 7 words including “vulnerable” in 2018 budget documents. According to The Washington Post, the words are “diversity,” “entitlement,” “evidence-based,” “fetus,” “science-based,” “transgender,” and “vulnerable.”
In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or “evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the Post reports. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.
If these bans are true, it’s in line with unofficial Republican policy of keeping resources away from marginalized populations, like transgender people, the poor, and minorities.
Women’s rights groups and LGBT activists said the report reflected the low regard in which issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and abortion rights are held in the Trump administration. Planned Parenthood, the federal women’s healthcare provider whose funding has been targeted by Republicans in Congress and the Trump White House, issued a statement:
“It’s clearer than ever: this administration has disdained women’s health, LGBTQ people and science since day one.”
According to the Post, any budget documents that include these words will be sent back to the CDC to be corrected. An anonymous Post source inside the CDC claims that this directive hasn’t yet circulated throughout the organization and it is expected that this will get rolled back quickly.