Trump Bans Health Officials From Using Words Like Transgender and Diversity
The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) to use seven words in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.
The words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.” The reason for banning these words was not given.
Instead of the words “science-based” or “evidence-based,” analysts were told they could use instead: The “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” said reports.
However, the CDC does a lot of work for transgender people. It also works on birth defects caused by the Zika virus which includes research on the developing fetus.
Of course Twitter exploded after the list of banned words was released.
Fetus is a medical term. It’s not a pro-choice term – it’s literal science. Banning the CDC from using it isn’t just absurd – it’s an attack on reproductive health and medicine.
— Lauren Rankin (@laurenarankin) December 16, 2017
It’s clearer than ever: this administration has disdained women’s health, LGBTQ people, and science since day one. https://t.co/KeyP0cy1mv
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) December 16, 2017
This is Orwellian: Trump admin gives CDC, the nation's top public health agency, a list of words/phrases it is prohibited from using. Words/phrases are: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based" & “science-based”
— Michiko Kakutani (@michikokakutani) December 16, 2017
Trump’s Attack on Female Reproductive Rights:
Time and time again Trump has waged war against women.
Donald Trump has signed a bill which will allow states to withhold money from organisations which provide abortion services, including family planning service, Planned Parenthood.
Most of the federal money Planned Parenthood receives goes towards birth control, pregnancy tests and women’s health-related services. Only around 3 per cent of the services it provides are abortions. This move reverses Obama’s legislation that had prohibited state governments from withholding federal funding for family planning services.
Trump has also proposed keeping Planned Parenthood’s funding if it stops providing abortions. The organisation has said that it will never accept such a deal.
Teen pregnancy prevention programs which are deemed ineffective by President Donald Trump’s administration will lose more than $200 million in funding. The administration has cut the five-year grants after only three years.
Trump has reinstated a policy which bans giving American foreign aid to international health workers who give abortion counselling or perform abortions. The policy prevents US funds from going to international NGOs even if they don’t directly deal with abortion. If they offer family planning advice, which happens to include abortion as a choice, they will not be able to receive any US funds.
Not to mention the many cases of sexual harassment against him, all of which he has refuted.
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