Travis County’s Republican Party has unanimously passed a medical liberty resolution, joining several other counties in requesting Gov. Greg Abbott add COVID-19 vaccine freedom legislation to a special session call. 

During the regular 88th Legislative Session, identical measures House Bill 81 by State Rep. Brian Harrison (R–Midlothian) and Senate Bill 177 by State Sen. Mayes Middleton (R–Galveston) were designated as the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Freedom Act. 

This act would have required a person or entity to obtain an individual’s “informed consent” before administering a vaccination for COVID-19.  

It would have also prohibited any action intended to “compel or coerce” an individual into giving such consent, as well as prohibited taking an “adverse action” against someone for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 

The Senate passed SB 177 and sent it to the House; however, the Republican-majority House allowed both bills to die by running out the clock without scheduling either for a vote. 

Since the House’s failure to pass the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Freedom Act, county Republican parties across the state have been calling on Abbott to add the act to a special session call. 

Most recently, Travis County joined Ellis, Dallas, Williamson, and El Paso counties in the call for Abbott to act. 

“With a special session expected for October and legislators already predicted to be in Austin, the Travis GOP urges Gov. Greg Abbott to finish the people’s business by putting the COVID Vaccine Freedom Act on the call,” Travis County GOP said. 

On X, Harrison—an avid supporter of medical freedom—thanked Travis County GOP for “standing up for medical freedom.”

The resolution expresses the support from the majority of Texas Republicans to end “both public and private COVID vaccine mandates in Texas.” 

According to the resolution, “informed consent is a vital human right,” and “Texans are still at risk of sacrificing their livelihoods if they exercise their right to informed consent by declining the COVID vaccine.” 

Travis County GOP believes it is the “sincere desire” of the Texas GOP “that citizens of this State not be compelled or coerced into undergoing any medical procedure against their wishes.” 

The resolution concludes with:THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Travis County Republican Party implores Texas Governor Greg Abbott to convene an extraordinary session of the 88th Legislature, to consider and act upon the following: enshrining informed consent into state law and prohibiting the administration of a COVID vaccine to any resident of Texas who is under duress or undue influence to consent to vaccination.”

Michelle Evans, the political director for Texans for Vaccine Choice told Texas Scorecard, “Travis County GOP’s unanimous passage of the medical liberty resolution drafted by Texans for Vaccine Choice is yet another step toward holding our legislature accountable for failing to ban mandates during the regular session. We can only hope the Governor is paying attention to the grassroots.”

Soli Rice

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