Resist Censorship of the CDC

The ban at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the words "fetus," "transgender," "evidence-based," "science-based," "vulnerable," "entitlement," and "diversity" in its budget documents has grave implications for the important work that the agency carries out. The CDC, which is the nation's leading public health institute, is responsible for numerous projects that involve the banned words, including efforts to reduce HIV among transgender people and research into birth defects caused by the Zika virus in fetuses. Although the word ban supposedly only affects budget-related documents and not actual research, a budget proposal is a statement of priorities: omitting these words is a step towards discrediting them. Whether the CDC is following orders from the Trump administration or censoring itself in order to pass its budget proposal through the Republican congress, it is dangerous to allow political pressure to influence science.

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Nancy Pelosi D-CA

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Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m an American from San Francisco.

[IF CONGRESS]: I'm calling to express concern about internal guidance prohibiting words from CDC budget documents. I ask that Rep. Nancy Pelosi ensure that CDC research funding is sufficiently funded and not cut for political reasons.

[IF CDC]: I'm calling today because I oppose internal guidance prohibiting words from CDC budget documents. Banning words like "fetus" and "transgender" because of political pressure threatens the CDC's scientific integrity.

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