By Hemant Mehta
Arizona State Rep. Kelly Townsend says that making people get vaccinated is what Communists do.
Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, recently said he would veto any bills that might lower vaccination rates in his state, a wise move given all the outbreaks of measles lately. There are currently three such bills that could reach his desk, all of which passed through a House Committee on party line votes. Good on him for siding with science instead of Republican conspiracy theories.
But Townsend thinks his anti-plague rhetoric is un-American, as she explained in a Facebook post yesterday:
Dearest friends and people of Arizona, it seems we are prepared to give up our liberty, the very sovereignty of our body, because of measles. I read yesterday that the idea is being floated that if not enough people get vaccinated, then we are going to force them to. The idea that we force someone to give up their liberty for the sake of the collective is not based on American values but rather, Communist.
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