David Goldman, Associated Press file
Trump administration officials are reportedly forbidding officials at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using a list of seven words or phrases in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.
Krista Kafer’s column — which basically approves of the Centers for Disease Control’s censorship of seven words which she feels could be implemented using synonyms to avoid “irritating” members of Congress responsible for funding the agency — is ridiculous. She states the word “fetus” could be swapped with the words “young one.” Merriam-Webster’s definition of fetus is “a developing human from usually two months after conception to birth.” The words “young one” aren’t even close to a synonym.
The CDC’s employees, many of which are doctors and medical scientists who communicate with other doctors and governments throughout the world, must be able to do so with specific terminology. How would Kafer or members of Congress feel if their medical doctors were censored in a similar manner? Kafter is “OK with fewer words from the CDC” — I’m in favor of the CDC using whatever and as many words as necessary to perform their extremely vital work in protecting human health and life.
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