The recent reports of censorship at our nation’s health agencies are extremely troubling. It is essential that researchers and scientists have the freedom to follow evidence wherever they lead. Suggesting that certain words not be used undermines public trust in our institutions and is completely improper.
The Trump Administration does not want to hear the words “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” “science-based” or even “vulnerable.”
My book, “The Least Among Us: Waging the Battle for the Vulnerable” talks about helping one another, especially in times of need. Growing up in New Haven, I saw first hand the face of corporate indifference and government neglect. I emerged convinced that government can work for people, and that social programs are worth the fight for the most vulnerable among us.
That is why I am calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to clarify their directive. We should not be censoring the work our public health experts do each day; we should be lifting it up for the benefit of all Americans.