On July 8, 2021, political commentator Candace Owens tweeted about her right to medical freedom and her choice to not receive the COVID-19 vaccine:
Not one person in my family will ever touch the Covid-19 vaccine.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) July 7, 2021
That is the decision that we have made, unabashedly, as a family.
Medical freedom is an individual right that should NEVER be infringed upon and any person who thinks otherwise has no place in our government.
The left quickly reacted, confused how Owens could be against vaccine requirements and call herself “pro-life” at the same time:
Bold move by Candace to come out as pro-choice https://t.co/UiZJdv2iRJ— Michael Harriot (@michaelharriot) July 8, 2021
Candace Owens on Abortion: “I was brainwashed into believing that it was my body, and therefore, simply, my choice.”— 💙🦅 Anis Jerbi 🦅💙 (@ArtistAJ17) July 8, 2021
Also Candace Owens: “Medical freedom is an individual right.”
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This dispute breaks down into the same set of questions:
- When am I morally required to sacrifice my bodily autonomy for another being3?
- When am I so clearly morally required to sacrifice my bodily autonomy for another being that the government should require it?