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“It’s clear that this administration is attempting to infiltrate all areas and agencies of government—and of our private lives—with their dangerous ideologies.”

NEW YORK—On Friday, the Washington Post reported that, in an unprecedented and dangerous move, the Trump-Pence administration has banned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using seven key words and phrases: “evidence-based,” “science-based,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” and “diversity.” Planned Parenthood of New York City issued the below statement:

Statement from Laura McQuade, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of New York City:

“As a health care provider committed to fighting health disparities and caring for everyone who comes through our doors, we are horrified by reports that the Trump administration has forbidden the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from speaking about issues that are essential to public health. 

“This is dangerously ideological. It’s not just about these seven words. The Trump-Pence administration is trying to make a radical change in the focus of the entire agency—pushing a science- and evidence-based agency to one seeking to advance extreme ideology. The CDC is a non-partisan, non-ideological federal agency charged with scientific research and improving and protecting public health. This move is a direct contradiction to the pledge the agency has made to the American people.

“This move is an affront to women, to transgender people, to communities that experience health disparities—this is an affront to the patients that we serve every day. It’s also an affront to the science and medical communities whose work will be deeply affected, and to anyone who has benefited from scientific research or medicine in the United States and around the world.

“This is only the latest of a long string of harmful policies coming out of the Trump-Pence administration. Just a few weeks ago, Trump decided that reliable birth control methods should be replaced with the “calendar method,” which fails nearly a quarter of those who use it every year. It’s clear that this administration is attempting to infiltrate all areas and agencies of government—and of our private lives—with their harmful ideologies.

“The Trump administration is using the federal government to try and control women’s bodies and erase LGBTQ people and people of color. This goes directly against the will and values of New Yorkers—and of Americans.”

“This move is ideologically twisted, and will put millions of lives in danger, including our patients’. The Trump-Pence administration should be ashamed, and must end this dictate immediately.”

For an interview with Laura McQuade, please email [email protected] or call 212-274-7294. 


Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving more than 60,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.