Pritzker wants to end use of health consciousness law to prevent COVID-19 vax
As Illinois politicians continue to try to force vaccinations on more residents, Governor JB Pritzker is trying to end the use of a state law designed to prevent people from being forced to make health care decisions.
Illinois’ Health Care Conscience Law grants Illinois the right to refuse to participate in health care that goes against their beliefs, but Gov. JB Pritzker wants to change the law now that officials are using it as a basis to challenge forced COVID vaccinations -19.
There is no legislation in the works yet, but it is clear that Pritzker wants to thwart any lawsuits citing the law. Six Naperville firefighters trying to fight the vaccine’s mandate in court by citing the law.
“The healthcare right to conscience law was never designed to allow people to avoid public health advice during a global pandemic. The administration supports efforts to clarify the law, so that it cannot be misinterpreted by fringe elements, ”said Emily bittner, Deputy Chief of Staff of Pritzker.
“Trial” is specifically included in the definition of health care law. Groups such as the Fraternal Order of Police use the law as a legal defense against vaccination and regular testing.
“We are not opposed to the vaccine itself. We are opposed to compulsory forced vaccinations. But not at all opposed to the vaccine. We just think it’s a matter of choice, ”said FOP President Chris Southwood.
More 70% of Illinoisians have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Chicago Police are opposing Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s mandate to declare their immunization status by Oct. 15 or face unpaid days off. The union is urging members to ignore the mandate, which led Pritzker to offer the Illinois National Guard to help keep the peace if masses of officers suddenly had to stop working.
Lightfoot has canceled a request that all city workers receive at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by October 15, now saying workers can perform tests twice a week during their free time and at their own time. own expense for the remainder of 2021. They would then need to be vaccinated.
The Chicago Police Union chief said the healthcare conscience law is designed to protect exactly those who now seek its protection from forced vaccination.
“I mean, it literally says that if you have a firmly held religious belief, a firmly held conscientious belief, against a medical procedure, you are covered by this law. Period, ”said FOP Chicago President John Catanzara.
The most recent data has shown one in four Chicago police officers had not been vaccinated.