Ohio governor opposes House anti-vaccine bill

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Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine opposes a state House bill that aims to weaken the state's vaccination laws, he said Thursday.

He will not support House Bill 248, which would disallow employers from mandating vaccinations as a condition of employment and allow residents to avoid taking vaccines if they provide a verbal or written notice.

"Before modern medicine, diseases such as mumps, polio, whooping cough were common and caused great, great, great suffering and death to thousands of people every single year," DeWine said during a news conference Thursday.

Under the proposed measure, it would also prohibit mask mandates for unvaccinated individuals and prevent schools, health departments, or other government agencies from mandating participation in vaccine registry.

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Hearings over the Republican-backed bill have been subject to media scrutiny as multiple outlets have reported that advocates of the measure are spreading misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

One advocate for the measure is Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a board-certified physician from the Cleveland area who has repeatedly raised unverified claims about "horrendous side effects" from the vaccine.

Tenpenny made an appeal to lawmakers during her testimony, claiming the vaccine is causing people to somehow become magnetized.

"They can put a key on their forehead. It sticks. They can put spoons and forks all over them, and they can stick because now we think there’s a metal piece to that," she said.

Republican Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp defended the ability for advocates to be given a platform about the bill.

"Those kind of things are aberrations. Most of the people who come to testify provide very valuable information to the committee as they deliberate on proposed legislation," Cupp said when asked about Tenpenny.

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The Washington Examiner contacted the governor's office but did not immediately receive a response.

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