Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 7 “Banned” Words

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Genesis Sandoval, Reporter

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Before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, prepared their annual budget documents, news circulated that under the Trump administration, the CDC would be banned from using seven words; those words being fetus, diversity, transgender, vulnerable, entitlement, science-based, and evidence-based. While it was later reported that these words were not outright banned, but instead the CDC were told to avoid them, this still caused controversy across the nation.
Many around the country have began to call the avoidance of these words censorship, while others have called it strategy. While no words were actually banned, even the suggestion to avoid words such as “fetus” were viewed to be a way to censor the CDC and erase issues surrounding things like women’s rights. Others have since claimed, including two Department of Health and Human Services officials, that by avoiding the previously mentioned words, the CDC is strategizing, and by doing so will result in a finished budget document that won’t cause “cause someone to jump to a conclusion.”
Banned words or not, this suggestion to the CDC has caused disputes among Americans, and eventually evolved into something larger, a debate on censorship vs. strategy.

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