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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

California missed a chance to protect human rights in the era of a pandemic 4 years ago

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The United States Supreme Court ruled fairly, stating that businesses with more than 100 employees are not required to get vaccinated. Most Americans do not believe that businesses should apply mandates to their employees. And there are a significant number of people who are very uncomfortable taking the jab.

Four years ago, I introduced a fairly new bill. But now, looking back, it seems like it was pretty deep. Senate Bill 1325 was entitled “Act of Peaceful and Natural Dignity: The Right to Self-Isolation.” It was intended to prepare for the fight against the pandemic, and the title played on the theme.

The text now seems very prescient, as the bill, if passed, would allow a person to exercise the right to self-isolate instead of complying with mandatory medication. In a nanny state more determined to govern every aspect of our lives, with a “safe for all” mindset, granting an opt-out clause seemed most necessary.

SB 1325 would have protected the rights of families who, in times of crisis, would have preferred to retain their personal freedoms and not be forced to choose medical care.

I think my legislative efforts were premature. But he had supporters.

  • The California Association of Naturopathic Physicians wrote that the California Constitution states that everyone has the right to seek and receive privacy, and this law upholds that principle. The choice of health care is personal, and making personal decisions about treatment is a principle that does not change even in the event of an emergency.
  • The National Vaccine Clearinghouse said Californians deserve the freedom to protect themselves from the harmful side effects of public health biological or pharmaceutical measures while adhering to public health quarantine orders in the safe environment of their own residence.

Opponents of the bill wanted to control the population during a pandemic.

I opposed Richard Pan’s recent Senate Bill 277 (2016) to mandate vaccines. It passed despite thousands of Californian parents visiting the Capitol in Sacramento to voice their opposition.

In the Senate Health Committee hearing when I introduced my bill, Senator Josh Newman thought the Act’s acronym, PANDA, was a sort of snub for fellow committee member Senator Pan. He was quite rude in sharing his incorrect assumptions.

I felt some legislation needed to be passed to provide a safe haven for those in need if the time ever came.

The Chairman of the Public Health Committee, Senator Ed Hernandez, prevented my key witness from responding to Senator Newman’s false allegations.

The bill did not go well. I couldn’t even get my fellow Republicans on the committee to vote for him.

Now we’ve been in a pandemic for a couple of years now and we’ve been struggling with concerns that we might be prescribed medication (vaccinations) just like SB 1325 said.

Fast forward to the recent and tragic passing of Orange County resident and former California State Assembly candidate Kelly Earnby. Many publicly criticized her opposition to the mandates. Senator Pan, who is also a pediatrician and does not have Ernby as a patient, tweeted his disdain for someone who fought for personal freedom and the freedom to choose whether or not to get an injection.

Eric Weigand, Newport Beach’s planning commissioner, recently pointed out in an editorial the Goldwater rule “that it is unethical for physicians to publicly comment on the health of politicians rather than their patients.”

One could legitimately argue that getting vaccinated would solve the spread of COVID-19, but those who get vaccinated and boosted also get the virus. We have come to the point that now almost everyone has been ill with COVID, vaccinated or not, and they should rely on their natural immunity and appreciate it. To some, shaming an unvaccinated person for contracting the coronavirus seems arrogant and overbearing.

It’s time to act like mature adults. Life is risk assessment, decision making, and living with consequences. Maybe it’s time to remember to be sensitive to the privacy of people’s medical status. Take vitamins. Stay safe. Follow your conscience. Respect others. Implement appropriate protocols. Get vaccinated if you wish. And self-isolate when necessary.

Please do not gloat that you have been vaccinated when you are still potentially fully susceptible to the disease and can still transmit the virus. To shame those who are not vaccinated because they have made personal choices about their bodies, for which liberals fight hard to the death, is hypocritical at worst and ignorant of science and data at best.

Let’s hope that as this surge continues, we will be able to peacefully and with natural dignity live through this historical period with less irritation. We should aim for herd immunity, not a herd mentality.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

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John Murlach is a former Orange County Governor who most recently served as a state senator. Previously, he spent 12 years as Treasurer-Tax Collector of Orange County and brought the county out of bankruptcy.

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