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.
What do you think about these bills? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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I think it’s great what DeSantis is doing….We need him as President….We Love u DeSantis……
We need DeSantis as our president like we need more AR15'S ON THE STREETS OF OUR COUNTRY...IT IS DESANTIS'S WAYBOR PRISON..MEDICAL CHOICES WHAT MEDICAL CHOICES HE HAS JUST RAPED WOMEN OFCALL THEIR MEDICAL CHOICES HIM AND HIS CRONIES...YOU MUST THINK EXACTLY LIKE HIN AND HIS WAY OR GI DIRECTLY TO PRISON NOW..HE HAS HIS OWN PRIVATE ARMY HERE IN FLORIDQXTO OROTECT HIM AND EBFORCE HIS WAYS..SOUND FAMILAR??? HMM SOUNDS LIKE HITLER TO ME. THEEE IS NO COMPROMISE WHEN RON DESANTIS SAYS IT WILL BE IT WILL BE HIS WAY OR PRISON NOW...NO THANK YOU WE DO NOT NEED A DICTATOR AS OUR PRESIDENT IN AMERICA.
Are you Ron DeSantis cheering section or are you paid to post these comments? The man is a a trumpette dictator wannabe in the making are you to blind to see? However you can be his fan club cheering his over reach on our American freedoms if you so choose to do that. There is no compromise with DESANTIS IT IS ALL HIS WAY OR PRISON SEEMS HITLER FELT LIKE THAT ??? ALL POWERFUL ALL ENCOMPASSING ..NO FREEDOM TO DISAGREE OR ASK FOR CONCESSIONS MORE ENCOMPASDING AND FOR THE GOOD OF ALL PEOPLE. HITLER 'S WAY WAS THE ONLY WAY POWER EGO...WAY OVERBOARD ..GONE BAD AND MANY MANY DIED TO TRY TO STOP HIM TO OBTAIN FREEDOM THEIR RIGHT TO EXIST AND CHOOSE ..THEIR RIGHT TO DEMOCRACY AND BEING ABLE TO CIMPROMISE AND MAKE REASINABLE CHOICES ABOUT THE WAYS IN WHICH THEY WANTED TO LIVE..IN FREEDOM LIKE TRUE AMERICANS WANT TO DO ...I DO NOT SEE DESANTIS COMPROMISING WORKING ACROSS PARTY LINES TO FIND A MEDIUM ALL CONSTITUENTS CAN FEEL COMFORTABLE AND FREE WITH...NO WAY..IT'S DESANTIS WAY OR PRISON PERIOD CUZ HE BELIEVES HIS WAY IS THE ONLY WAY ...AND SO DID HITLER ..DO NOT FORGET THAT..REMEMBER THAT ON EKECTION DAY..HIS ACTIONS SO FAR AS GOV. OF GLORIDA HAVE PROVEN IT'S HIS WAY THE REPUBS WAY OR PRISON FOR YOU ..WOMEN WILL DIE WOMEN WILL GO TO PRISON WOMEN ARE 2ND CLASS CITIZENS IN HIS EYES..HIM AND HIS CRONIES HAVE SET WOMAN BACK 309 YRS NOW AND AMERICAN WOMEN WILL SOON BE LIKE THE MIDDLE EASTERN WOMEN IF THIS CONTINUES WE WILL HAVE NO CHOICE NO VOICES WE WILL BE NOTHING...SO YAY RON DESANTIS AND YOUR CRINIES KEEP SIGNING IN ALL YOUR BIG NEW LAWS THEY HAVE TOTAL DISREGARD FOR THE WOMEN IN TJIS NATION AND FOR ANYONE SEEKING ASYLUM FROM THECTIERNEY YOU RON DESANTIS ARE TRYING TO CREATE ANDCYOUR CRONIES AS WELL IN AMERICA..THE LAST FREE FRONTIER WILL BE GONE YOU WILL DESTROY OUR NATION ABD THE REPUBS TOO..TOO BAD THE REPUBS CANNOT FIND A DECENT HONORABLE TRUTHFUL MORAL FAIR CANDIDATE TO RUN AGAINST BIDEN. I MIGHT VITE FOR HIM OR HER IF THEY DID. BUT NO WAY NO WAY WILL I VOTE FOR TRUMPETTES AND THE OL RELIGIOUS CRONIES TRYING TO SHOVE THEIR VALUES DOWN MY THROAT.. I AM WOMAN ENOUGH TO STAND UP AND MAKE MY OWN MORAL RTHICAL CHOICES I DO NOT NEED THE GOVERNMENT AND REPUBS TO TELL ME HOW TO BE A MORAL ETHICAL ADULT EDUCATED WOMAN WITH A MIND OF MY OWN. NO THANK YOU I AM QUITE ABLE TO MAKE MY OWN DECISIONS MORALLY ETHICALLY WITHOUT SOME GORILLA TRYING TO GRAB ME BY THE HAIR AND YANK ME AROUND...I DO NOT LIKE IT AND I KNOW I AM NOT ALONE IN THIS FEELING . I SUGGEST YOU RETHINK YOUR POSITIONS BOYS AND THATS A CHECKMATE NOW.
Any body typing in all caps like this is got to be asinine..shut up