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Republicans invite anti-vaxx crackpot as star witness

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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO — Episode 3001 — Pictured: (l-r) Businessman Donald Trump, actress Jenny McCarthy during an interview with host Jay Leno on September 15, 2005 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

I once again implore Georgians to consider the strong possibility that having a flat-out death cult in charge of institutions of the federal government is bad:

A doctor who is skeptical of coronavirus vaccines and promotes the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment will be the lead witness at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, prompting criticism from Democrats who say Republicans should not give a platform to someone who spreads conspiracy theories.

Dr. Jane M. Orient is the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a group that opposes government involvement in medicine and views federal vaccine mandates as a violation of human rights.

“A public health threat is the rationale for the policy on mandatory vaccines. But how much of a threat is required to justify forcing people to accept government-imposed risks?” Dr. Orient wrote in a statement to the Senate last year, calling vaccine mandates “a serious intrusion into individual liberty, autonomy and parental decisions.”

In a phone interview on Sunday, Dr. Orient, an internist who received her medical degree from Columbia University in New York, resisted being cast as an “anti-vaxxer” and said she would not get a coronavirus vaccine because she had an autoimmune condition. She added that she opposed the government’s push for all Americans to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, noting that both vaccine candidates — one made by the Pfizer and the other by Modernause a new scientific method.

“It seems to me reckless to be pushing people to take risks when you don’t know what the risks are,” Dr. Orient said, adding: “People’s rights should be respected. Where is ‘my body, my choice’ when it comes to this?”

If you will forgive a round of “trivially obvious answers to idiotic questions that think they’re rhetorical,” “my body my choice” is completely irrelevant to this question, since a decision not to take a vaccine affects the entire community, and this goes quadruple for people actively promoting vaccine trooferism in prominent public fora.

The problem, of course, is that these views are widespread in that other virus called the Republican Party, very possibly including five Supreme Court justices.

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