The committee that has been laboring on a bill to stop vaccine mandates in Iowa has pretty much completed its task.
After two years of individuals rights being dismissed due to a “public health crisis,” the bill aims to remind Iowa that rights of an individual shall stand. It sets out to remind employers, businesses, government entities or others that they do not — DO NOT — have a right to ask for the medical treatment status of an individual. Nor do they have the right to discriminate against someone based on their medical history.
The bill desires to protect an individual’s private medical history and health information. This information has been protected information for more than 20 years, but suddenly, after the last two years, private medical information is now a commodity.
The bill also ensures this medical information cannot be used in order to discriminate against anyone. Regardless of the basis, separating society is still segregation. Mandates and passports separate people at a time when there is no science to support a one-size-fits-all mandate.
Businesses cannot inquire about an individual’s HIV status or pregnancy status, but now when it comes to other medical inquiries individuals are forced to disclose their information.
Public health has not been enumerated in the Constitution as a power afforded to the federal government. A federal judge in the case of Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Biden has decided President Joe Biden overstepped his authority with his Executive Order and declared public health has primarily and historically been a matter of local concern.
The reality as of December 2021 is that Iowans are losing their jobs, they’re losing their livelihoods, their health insurance, their homes. They cannot afford to wait for more incremental steps to provide crumbs that may or may not work.
We are moments away from nationwide segregation. We are moments away from nationwide discrimination. We are moments away from moving our country and our freedoms backward.
The committee believes when freedoms are stripped away overnight, Iowans have no choice but to stand together and reclaim those rights just as swiftly.
“Incremental solutions are unacceptable when tyranny and coercion are running rampant and issued by unelected state health departments and for-profit health institutions,” said a statement from the committee.