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Attempts to ban seven words at CDC are condemned by public health advocates

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5912 (Published 21 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5912
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington DC

Public health advocates have criticised attempts by the Trump administration to restrain or ban the use of “fetus,” “evidence based” medicine, and five other words at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US health protection agency.

Officials at the agency, however, defended the move saying that it was not censorship but guidance on language that might be most effective in dealing with conservatives in Congress.

The episode began on 14 December when CDC officials were told not to use specific terms—vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence based, science based—in budget …

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