Report: CDC receives list of forbidden words, including ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender’

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

ATLANTA, GA (WCMH) — A new report says policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were given a list of seven words they cannot use in official documents related to the agency’s 2019 budget.

According to the Washington Post, the analysts met with senior CDC officials on Thursday where they were told they could no longer use the words “fetus,” “transgender,” “diversity,” evidence-based,” “science-based,” “vulnerable” or “entitlement.” The analysts were not told why those specific words were being banned, and analysts were given alternative phrases to use in some cases but not in others.

Several of the banned words relate directly to the CDC’s work, such as research about the Zika virus on developing fetuses and HIV prevention among the transgender community.

The move comes after several departments in the Trump administration — including the Department of Health and Human Services — have removed information and stopped collecting data about the LGBT community and other topics that previously received increased visibility under the Obama administration.

The CDC has not returned a request for comment at the time of this writing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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