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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has apologized for using the word “holocaust” to describe an increase in autism cases.
During a speech in Sacramento last week, the attorney and activist voiced his opposition to a bill that would no longer allow parents to make their children exempt from vaccine programs. He blamed childhood vaccines for incidence of autism and neurological damage, saying, “This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.”
In a statement issued Monday, he said he regretted his choice of words. “I want to apologize to all whom I offended by my use of the word ‘holocaust’ to describe the autism epidemic,” Kennedy said. “I employed the term during an impromptu speech as I struggled to find an expression to convey the catastrophic tragedy of autism, which has now destroyed the lives of over 20 million children and shattered their families.”
“I am acutely aware of the profound power attached to that word, and I will find other terms to describe the autism crisis in the future,” added Kennedy, who is the son of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy.
The subject of vaccines continues to be a hot-button issue, with whooping cough and measles among the diseases that have been on the rise of late.
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