Ohio governor opposes anti-vaccination bill after conspiracy theorists claim vaccines “magnetized” people

Governor Mike DeWine came out against a controversial bill that would weaken Ohio’s vaccination laws and provide more personal liberty, following false claims at a hearing on the bill that the coronavirus vaccine was “magnetic”. attracted.

On Thursday, Devin said he opposes house bill 248 and asked Ohioans to think about the impact of vaccines on society.

“Before modern medicine, diseases like mumps, polio, whooping cough were common and cause big, big, great suffering and death to thousands of people every single year,” Devin said during a news conference. Latest Wax-A-Million Winner.

Hearing on House Bill 248 caught the nation’s attention As advocates have spread misinformation and conspiracies. The testimony of Dr. Sherri Tenpenny of Middleburg Heights in Cuyahoga County and nurse Joanna Overholt of Strongsville drew ridicule and mockery on Twitter and landed in the national press including the Washington Post, CNN and Forbes.

“I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of people on the internet who’ve had these shots and are now magnetized,” Tenpenny said in the hearing. “You can put the key on their forehead, it sticks. You can put spoons and forks around and they stick because now we think there’s a piece of metal in it.”

That claim is false.

Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima, defended the decision to give a platform to those spreading misinformation. When asked about Tenpenny, Cupp said, “Things like this are aberrations. Most people who come to testify provide very valuable information to the committee as they deliberate on proposed legislation.”

Fact check: COVID-19 vaccines do not cause a magnetic reaction or contain tracking devices

House Bill 248 would be:

  • Prevent employers from making vaccination mandatory as a condition of employment.
  • Allow Ohioans to skip any vaccinations by making a written or oral declaration and requiring health districts, schools or other government agencies to tell Ohioans how they can opt out.
  • Schools are required to explicitly tell parents of existing legislation that allows them to skip childhood vaccinations because of medical, religious or “conscience reasons.”
  • Prohibiting non-vaccinated people from forcing them to wear masks, moving to isolated areas or facing other penalties.
  • Allow civil lawsuits for bill violations.
  • Prevent health departments, schools or other government agencies from mandating participation in the Vaccine Registry.
  • Repeal the requirement for college students to be vaccinated against hepatitis B and meningitis before they are allowed to stay in hostels.

While Devin has advocated for vaccines, he has stopped short of calling for Ohio to remove the “causes of conscience” exemption from state law. That catch-all exemption allows parents to skip childhood vaccinations for almost any reason.

“The current state law has worked very well, quite frankly,” Cupp said.

Yellow Springs News Published A photograph of Devine in April 1955 Getting your polio vaccine as a second grader.

“Polio struck fear, absolute panic in parents. People changed their behavior with their children. Their desire to go to ball games or swimming pools with their children in the heat. People were scared. Polio eradicated Gone,” said Devin.

State Representative Beth Liston, D-Dublin, who is a medical doctor and holds a PhD in public health, said HB 248 is a dangerous bill that causes more death and disease.

“Not only will this prevent schools, businesses and communities from speeding up COVID-related safeguards, it will affect the health of our children,” she has said. “This bill applies to all vaccines – polio, measles, meningitis, etc. If this becomes law we will see outbreaks of measles, meningitis in dorms, and children suffering from polio once again.”

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