The Governor claims these medical freedom bills will empower the public to make responsible health choices
Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has been the center of controversy with all the bills he’s been signing lately. On Thursday, he passed a set of laws that he claims will safeguard Floridians' "medical freedom". The Republican-majority state legislature enacted the laws prohibiting mandatory mask and vaccination use and establishing new conscience rights for healthcare personnel last month.
Find out what these medical freedom bills are about below.
What do the medical freedom bills include?
Potential presidential candidate DeSantis has made "medical freedom" a central part of his political platform. He has been quite critical of the Covid-19 vaccinations, labeling them "experimental" and "unnecessary". Additionally, he has spoken out against public health initiatives like mask regulations on the grounds that they violate people's rights.
On Thursday, DeSantis signed these measures into law:
- Businesses and government agencies can't enforce mask mandates and vaccination policies.
- Providers who disagree with providing treatment on moral grounds should be protected from retaliation.
- Restriction on "gain-of-function" studies that might lead to the development of bioweaponized new viruses.
The public’s reaction to the bills
People have mixed responses to the bills. Experts in public health have voiced concern that the laws might contribute to a rise in the number of illnesses and fatalities caused by COVID-19. Mask laws and other preventative measures, they say, are helpful in stopping the illness from spreading. They fear that the laws would prevent vaccinations, which may result in more widespread and severe instances of Covid-19.
Proponents of the legislation claim that it will empower citizens to make better-informed choices about their health care. They argue that no one should be coerced into doing anything they don't want to do, such as wearing a mask or being vaccinated. They also say the bills safeguard the consciences of doctors who object on moral or religious grounds to providing certain services.
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