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posted by mrpg on Friday May 28, @11:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the what-could-go-wrong dept.

Ohio lawmakers want to abolish vaccine requirements:

[...] Lawmakers are working on legislation to call off the lottery immediately. They're also trying to head off any plans for "vaccine passports." And last month, they introduced a sweeping antivaccination bill that would essentially demolish public health and vaccination requirements in the state—and not just requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, requirements for any vaccine.

[...] State Rep. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) blasted the bill, telling The Columbus Dispatch, "Not only would it prevent schools, businesses and communities from putting safety measures in pace related to COVID, it will impact the health of our children... This bill applies to all vaccines—polio, measles, meningitis, etc. If it becomes law we will see worsening measles outbreaks, meningitis in the dorms, and children once again suffering from polio."

[...] "At its core, this proposal would destroy our current public health framework that prevents outbreaks of potentially lethal diseases, threatens the stability of our economy as it recovers from a devastating pandemic and jeopardizes the way we live, learn, work and celebrate life," the letter said.

[...] "HB 248 would put all Ohioans at risk while increasing the cost of health care for families, individuals and businesses," spokesperson Dan Williamson said. "This proposal applies to all immunizations, including childhood vaccines. If passed, this legislation could reverse decades of immunity from life-threatening, but vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, hepatitis, meningitis and tuberculosis."

Also: Ohio GOP lawmakers, citing 'need to protect' from vaccines, seek to expand exemptions, nix COVID passports


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  • (Score: 0, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @02:27PM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @02:27PM (#1139633)

    Think about what you're saying for a minute, instead of just enjoying the circle jerk. Religion is generally not big on individual liberty. This act says that the government cannot force you to inject substances into your body without your consent. It is religion that always insists it knows what is good for you, and if you don't abide - then it's time for force.

    Part of the reason I've moved away from modern liberalism is because of things like this. Liberalism derives from liberty. Having the highest ranking figures in society decide what is best for people and then forcing that upon them with intolerance for differing views is the literal definition of authoritarianism, and is a just a hair's width away from fascism.

    This is also why, increasingly, I think that left and right are no longer the main divides in society. But rather libertarianism vs authoritarianism. On the left/right stuff, I think the bulk of society is mostly pretty closely aligned (even if the extremes get 95% of media coverage). But I think on the authoritarianism vs libertarianism, there is a growing divide right in the middle of society that is completely independent of left vs right.

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  • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by EJ on Friday May 28, @02:49PM (2 children)

    by EJ (2452) on Friday May 28, @02:49PM (#1139645)

    Be careful with your wrongthink. You aren't allowed to say such things out loud.

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @05:23PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @05:23PM (#1139743)

      It's not just the Republican party. Both sides have gone batshit insane. There is a method to their madness, though. They are playing both sides against the middle. The left and the right don't want unity. They don't want us to come together because then they lose their control over us.

      Be careful with your wrongthink. You aren't allowed to say such things out loud.

      Criticizes both sides for not wanting unity, purposefully misstates the the views of the opposition.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @08:50PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @08:50PM (#1139831)

      Funny how simple criticism gets you all up on your "wrongthink" pedestal, along with the cancel culture freakouts, etc. Turns out conservatives are the cancel culture cheerleaders and for wrongthink all I have to do is say the world "socialism" and watch the death threats come in.

      You lot are so far off your rockers with this imagined persecution complex simply because people don't like your ideas or your attempts to infringe on the rights of others because MuH FrEEdUmS. Spinning yourselves as the true liberty loving libertarians just belies your ignorant selfishness that is quite unhinged from reality.

      The US has plenty of authoritarian issues and bad policies, but freaking out over the rules during a pandemic instead of the truly police-state stuff makes you look really really bad. To those of us not in the qult it is quite obvious how politically driven the mask/vaxx issue is, but a good chunk of pandemic freakout catches even more of you. What a perfect storm for rubes. Don't get vaccinated if you don't want, just stop whining about people thinking you're an idiot.

      True FREEDOM is anarchy, and we already know that shit doesn't work. Maybe in a few millenia once humans have evolved a little further from their base instincts.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by DeathMonkey on Friday May 28, @04:34PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday May 28, @04:34PM (#1139714) Journal

    This act says that the government cannot force you to inject substances into your body without your consent.

    Nope. This act PROHIBITS the free market from deciding that endangering their customers is a bad idea. You are encroaching on my property rights by saying I can't keep dangerous fuckwits off my property.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @04:37PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @04:37PM (#1139716)

    How's the Freedom is not Free argument working when it's on the other boot? You're free not to take a vaccine so then you are Free to home-school your kids.

  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday June 01, @12:32AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 01, @12:32AM (#1140612) Journal

    This act says that the government cannot force you to inject substances into your body without your consent. It is religion that always insists it knows what is good for you, and if you don't abide - then it's time for force.

    What those dangerous, preventable diseases that vaccines vaccinate against? Do people have a right not to be infected by others without their consent?

  • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Wednesday June 02, @12:03PM

    by hendrikboom (1125) on Wednesday June 02, @12:03PM (#1141012) Homepage Journal

    Religion is generally not big on individual liberty.

    True of organized religion.