To the Editor:
Unfortunately, the time has come when we must guard against censorship or, as the Trump administration prefers to put it, recommendations that certain words will not be effective.
We must protest and seek to nullify the recent restriction (also known as “word advice”) on permissible language for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It is appalling that the CDC cannot use language that is consistent with its broadly popular mandate to safeguard our health.
For example, the word “fetus” should no longer be used. How else are we to discuss and understand the dangers of Zika virus for birth defects? And the phrases “evidence-based” and “science-based” are not recommended. Are we to resort to voodoo medicine for the sake of political correctness?
If this is not censorship by the government, then it is a dangerous step down that road.
Mary Ann Handel