Last Friday, the White House sent the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) a list of 7 terms and phrases and ordered a ban. Those 7 items will not be allowed to be used in any official documents included in the 2018’s budget plan. This means those items will not be funded by the federal government. It also changes the process of how funding is approved for different reasons and programs.
These 7 terms include: evidenced-based, science-based, vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender and fetus. For the phrases “evidence-based” and “science-based”; the White House suggested the alternative: “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”
There are concerns about its impact on future experimentations. The standards they are referring to vary by different cities and states. Not all of those areas maintain a very high standard in policy setting. For example, the federal government has the choice whether or not to support or give funding towards research related to immigration or LGBTQ issues. What about the research on Zika virus? How does the transgender community feel about this? What do you think?