This past week, the Trump administration forbade the CDC, America’s leading public health institute, from using seven words: “diversity,” “fetus,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “science-based” and “evidence-based.”

I am a Maternal-FETAL Medicine Specialist and SCIENTIST from a DIVERSE background who cares for VULNERABLE populations with EVIDENCE-BASED medicine.  Does the government want me to become a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist?!

I believe all women, cis or TRANS, deserve appropriate care rooted in empathy, EVIDENCE and SCIENCE. Through experience, I recognize ENTITLEMENT as a complex issue that may have negative or positive implications depending on how it is used. It often reflects the views of those in power to marginalize the other. But, ENTITLEMENT programs have regularly given the marginalized a chance at an equal playing field.

I am deeply troubled by this administration’s attempt to recreate our society by silencing truth and progress.  The banning of these words strongly affect future research fundings and will likely have profound negative impact on the lives of the most VULNERABLE.  Ironically, SCIENCE is under a methodical form of top-down attack. The stakes are too high!  It might take a grass-root people-centered movement to counteract this attack. The medical community cannot afford to stay silent!

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