Bodily Autonomy and Informed Consent

June 9, 2021: This is a speech I gave at a rally for medical freedom at the capitol in Salem, Oregon. A transcript of the speech can be found below the video.

I want to say a few words regarding the recent push for mandatory Covid vaccinations, happening here in our state, as well as in other places around the world. We’re seeing businesses mandate Covid vaccines for their employees. We’re seeing universities announce that they will require Covid vaccines for students, staff, and faculty. And we’ve seen Oregon Governor Kate Brown issue an executive order requiring Oregonians to continue wearing face masks in indoor establishments, unless their Covid vaccination status can be verified with a vaccine certificate or vaccine passport.

The issue of mandatory vaccination has little to do with being pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine. At its core, this is about bodily autonomy and informed consent. Who gets to decide what is injected into your body? Is it you? Do you get to decide what goes into your body? Is it your body, your choice?

Or do corporations get to decide what goes into your body? Does your employer get to decide? Do schools and universities get to decide what goes into your body? Does the government get to decide what you have to inject into your body, in order for you to have the same rights as others? This is, in essence, a human rights issue. And if people are discriminated against based on their vaccination status, then it’s a civil rights issue as well.

I want to read to you an excerpt from the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. It states the following:

“Any preventive, diagnostic, or therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. The consent should, where appropriate, be express and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice… In no case should a collective community agreement or the consent of a community leader or other authority substitute for an individual’s informed consent.”

In other words, policies that seek to mandate vaccines are contrary to the foundational principle of informed consent in medical decision making. And let’s face it, people intuitively know that good medicine does not need to be forced down their throats, or coerced into their arms.

Mandated medicine is a disgrace, now and forevermore. It will always be a disgrace. We know this from history, and that is why we have signed treaty after treaty edifying the paramount importance of informed consent in medicine. There is no more basic liberty than the freedom to choose what goes inside our own bodies. And if we lose that, then we are no longer a free people. We will have to get vaccine after vaccine, booster shot after booster shot, year after year, and we will not be able to say ‘no’ without fear of losing our jobs, being denied an education, and being treated like a second-class citizen.

Mandatory vaccination policies are an extremely slippery slope, and we are standing at the edge of a precipice. Make no mistake, this is a historic time. What happens from here will go on to determine the fate of those who come after us. So, I implore you, one and all. Let us stand together united for bodily autonomy. Let us stand together united for informed consent. And let us denounce those who would use coercion to get someone to inject something into their body against their will. This is your body, and your choice. Thank you for standing for medical freedom and informed consent.

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6 thoughts on “Bodily Autonomy and Informed Consent”

  1. Thank you for this. This is frightening. So sorry for the people of Oregon who do not wish to be vaxxed. 🙁

  2. Candace Kolter

    Thanks for speaking out on this. Evidently the political agenda has changed gears, because when it came to whether women had control over their own bodies in having a baby or not, they ruled in favor of the women. Now they are saying they can jab you with an experimental shot and you have no control. I happen to be allergic to a variety of ingredients in the various covid jabs, so I will not get it. I also worked hard to recover naturopathically from chronic kidney disease and bring several autoimmune conditions into remission. Some of the ingredients in these jabs are not recommended for people with kidney issues, but generally they will not tell anyone that. In my opinion, wholesale vaxxing before all the testing is completed will result in a major uptick in autoimmune breakouts and worse. The FDA is currently talking about approving these jabs for mass use before the testing is completed in 2023. They are ignoring previous standards that were followed for backing off from something when there were too many adverse reactions and deaths from it. Even my 91-yr-old uncle survived having covid and pneumonia at the same time. I’m glad he does not have to take one of these jabs.

  3. I believe it’s time this were applied to childhood vaccinations as well. I was lucky to raise my son in the U.K. where childhood vaccinations are not mandatory, although highly recommended, yet it wasn’t an easy road, especially when he enrolled in school abroad and I was asked to provide the vaccination certificate which, of course, I didn’t have.
    My son was born in 1988 and it’s my understanding that since then we went from eight mandatory childhood vaccinations to sixteen for a total of seventy-two doses, if I’m not mistaken. Gawd, are children not allowed to get sick any more? So I think this Covid Plandamic is the final drop. This madness must stop. Thank you for all your hard work and commitment to the cause!
    According to CDC insane guidelines:
    Currently, 16 vaccines – some requiring multiple doses at specific ages and times – are recommended from birth to 18 years old. Recommended vaccines include:
    Influenza (annual flu shot)
    Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP)
    Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap “booster” for adolescents)
    Poliovirus (IPV)
    Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
    Varicella (Chickenpox)
    Pneumococcal (PCV)
    Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
    Rotavirus
    Hepatitis B (Hep B)
    Hepatitis A (Hep A)
    Human papillomavirus (HPV)
    Meningococcal (MenACWY)
    Meningococcal B (MenB)**

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