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Trump bans health agency from using ‘science’ words ‘transgender’ and ‘foetus’

Joseph McCormick December 16, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a group of families, Young Republicans and College Republicans at the White House, while speaking about how planned tax reforms would benefit middle class families . (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

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President Trump has banned a US health agency from using words like “transgender” and “foetus” in official documents.

The Trump administration banned the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) from using words like “science-based”.

The CDC informed policy analysts of the ban during a meeting on Thursday which went on for 90-minutes, according to the Washington Post.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about tax reform in the Cross Hall at the White House on December 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. House and Senate Republicans are working on a tentative deal on tax reform that will overhaul the U.S. tax system. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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As well as the word transgender, other banned words include “vulnerable”, “entitlement”, and “diversity”.

The words are banned for official documents for the 2019 budget which will be released in February.

The agency has been told not to use “science-based” or “evidence-based”, and instead are told to use phrases like: “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes”.

According to an analyst who was at the meeting in Atlanta, other branches of the health department are likely being asked to avoid the banned words.

“It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?’” he said.

“In my experience, we’ve never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint,” he added.

The analyst who was not named by the Post, said he expected a backlash against the ban.

He said the ban on certain words had not been given to wider groups of scientists at the CDC.

“Our subject matter experts will not lay down quietly — this hasn’t trickled down to them yet.”

Trump earlier this week withdrew his nominations of two anti-LGBT judges – one of whom said same-sex marriage would lead to people marrying trees and their pets.

Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley, who have both condemned equal marriage, were nominated for federal judgeships in Texas and Alabama respectively.

But a White House official has said the administration has withdrawn its nominations for the pair, according to Politico.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a group of families, Young Republicans and  College Republicans at the White House on December 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. House and Senate Republicans are working on a tentative deal on tax reform that will overhaul the U.S. tax system. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
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Yesterday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley recommended that the White House should “reconsider” its selection of Mateer and “not proceed” with Talley’s.

The official, who did not want to be named, said Talley, 36, who has never tried a case and has been deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association, had taken himself out of the running.

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“He has offered to withdraw his nomination, thus it will not be moving forward,” they said.

Talley has told The Washington Post that he opposes same-sex marriage.

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The official added simply that Mateer’s nomination “will not be moving forward.”

This was after it was revealed that Mateer, the first assistant attorney general of Texas, had said that trans children were part of “Satan’s plan.”

He has also told crowds that same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and bestiality, and expressed his opposition to same-sex adoption.

In a speech called “The Church and Homosexuality,” made in 2015 after same-sex marriage became legal across the US, Mateer said: “There are people who marry themselves.

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“Somebody wanted to marry a tree. People marrying their pets.

“You read the New Testament and you read about all the things and you think, ‘Oh, that’s not going on in our community.’

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“Oh, yes it is. We’re back to that time where debauchery rules.”

However, Steve Grasz was confirmed for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday, despite comparing gay people to paedophiles and opposing same-sex adoption.

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Grasz served on the board of a nonprofit which backed LGBT conversion therapy on minors.

He has since refused to clarify his own views on the harmful practice.

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