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Are These Words Forbidden at the CDC?

Jan 02, 2018

Are These Words Forbidden at the CDC? Controversy over alleged banned words erupted at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last month.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the CDC is an operating component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

According to media coverage based on reports from CDC policy analysts, CDC personnel were told not to use the following words in budget-related documents:

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

It was unclear why the words were being forbidden, but the instructions were said to have come from the Trump administration.

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