CDC Push Back on Word Ban

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is pushing back against a report alleging that the Trump administration banned them from using certain words in official documents.

The Washington Post reported the story, citing an analyst who had been allegedly briefed on the ban of seven words.

Those terms being:

  • Vulnerable
  • Entitlement
  • Diversity
  • Transgender
  • Fetus
  • Evidence-based
  • Science-based

CDC director Brenda Fitzgerald has responded to the allegation in a Facebook post:

“I want to assure you there are no banned words at CDC. We will continue to talk about all our important public health programs.

I want to assure you that CDC remains committed to our public health mission as a science- and evidence-based institution. As part of our commitment to provide for the common defense of the country against health threats, science is and will remain the foundation of our work.”

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