Arkansas’s legislators are considering several good bills that would protect people against mandatory COVID-19 shots and related discrimination.
SB 732 would prohibit coercing people to receive COVID-19 shots when it is “medically contraindicated” or if the person objects for philosophical or religious reasons. SB 732 passed the Senate 21-11 on Monday, after being amended to allow employers to use positive incentives to encourage vaccination.
SB 739 would provide exemptions from employer mandates for COVID-19 vaccines, including those required under the federal executive order. As amended, it requires employers to provide for exemption processes based either on ongoing negative tests or proof of immunity from previous infection and/or the presence of antibodies. It would also authorize unemployment benefits for individuals terminated due to refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19. SB 739 passed the Senate 23-10 on Monday as well.
Two other good bills (almost identical) remain in the Senate in committee. SB 737 and SB 738 would prohibit private employers and public accommodations from discriminating based on a person’s vaccination status or possession of a vaccine passport. They would also prohibit private employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccines.
Please let your legislators know how important it is to you that each bill becomes law by taking immediate action today!
- Call or email your State Representative and urge him or her SUPPORT S.B. 732 and S.B. 739. Since the Senate has already passed them, now they need to get through the House!
You can look up who your Representative is at: https://www.arkansashouse.org/about/contact-us
Here is a sample script (personalize it by adding your own sentences and changing the wording – personal letters are far more effective than form letters!)
“My name is ____ and I live in (town). I am calling to ask Representative ____ to support S.B. 732 and S.B 739, which would protect people from being mandated or coerced into getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
S.B. 732 prohibits coercing people to receive COVID-19 shots when it is “medically contraindicated” or if the person objects for philosophical or religious reasons.
S.B. 739 would provide testing options in lieu of mandatory vaccinations for employment, and also authorize unemployment benefits for individuals terminated due to refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Both bills ensure that people can choose whether or not to be vaccinated with this new vaccine that has resulted in thousands of deaths and serious injuries in the one year that it has been on the market.
I urge Representative _____to SUPPORT S.B. 732 and S.B. 739, which would protect individuals’ rights to bodily autonomy and ensure their ability to continue working to support their families.
- Contact your State Senator and urge him or her SUPPORT S.B. 737 and SB 738.
You can look up who your Senator is at https://senate.arkansas.gov/senators/senator-search/
Here is a sample script
“My name is ____ and I live in (town). I am calling to ask Senator ____ to support two good bills that prevent coercion and discrimination based on COVID-19 vaccination status.
S.B. 737 and 738 would prohibit private employers and public accommodations from discriminating based on a person’s vaccination status or possession of a vaccine passport. It would also prohibit private employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccines.
These bills expand on the existing law that prohibits government entities from mandating vaccination. The bills carefully limit the prohibitions to the first three years that the vaccines are on the market.
I urge Senator _____to SUPPORT S.B. 737 and 738.
Keep your call or email short! Pick the 2 or 3 of these talking points – or none of them — that are most important to you, and be sure to explain why this issue matters to you personally.
- One of the most basic human rights is that of bodily autonomy, as recognized by the Nuremburg Code. Ethical medicine requires prior, completely voluntary and fully informed consent.
- Vaccine package inserts warn of the risk of brain damage, life-threatening allergy, and death and no one knows in advance whom a vaccine will harm. Each of us may respond differently as we have different medical histories, genes, epigenetics, and microbiomes.
- COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers and providers are shielded from liability through the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, or PREP Act. The only option for compensating people injured by COVID-19 vaccines is the Countermeasures Injury Compensation program (CICP). Only eight percent of all petitioners since 2010 have been awarded compensation through the CICP. No legal or medial expert fees are covered, no pain and suffering is awarded, lost wages are capped at $50,000, and there is no judicial appeal. In other words, the victims will be severely undercompensated while the pharmaceutical companies get rich.
- COVID-19 vaccines carry the risk of injury and death for some so there has to be informed consent and the right to refuse the vaccine without penalty. As of September 17th, there had already been 559,462 COVID-19 vaccine adverse events and 6,756 COVID-19 vaccine deaths in the U.S. reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System. https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html
PLEASE NOTE that the constitutionality of S.B. 739, the bill to allow exemption from employer mandates created by the federal executive order, will almost certainly be challenged on the grounds that it violates the pre-emption doctrine. The bill’s preamble includes language that anticipates such a challenge, asserting that the vaccine mandates are an overreach of federal power. This won’t get settled in the Legislature – it’ll be settled in the courts if the bill is passed.
Read the bills by typing in the bill number here: https://www.arkleg.state.ar.us
Read this article about the bills: https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/sep/30/covid-19-bills-advance-but-fit-for-session-at/?latest
For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, checkout this article: https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/heres-why-bill-gates-wants-indemnity-are-you-willing-to-take-the-risk/🖨️ Print post