Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has joined 23 fellow Republican governors in opposition to a proposed “Pandemic Agreement” that would grant the World Health Organization “unprecedented and unconstitutional powers over the United States and its people.”

The letter, sent to President Joe Biden, explains that the governors have found the proposed treaty will “empower the WHO, particularly its uncontrollable Director-General, with the authority to restrict the rights of U.S. citizens, including freedoms such as speech, privacy, travel, choice of medical care, and informed consent, thus violating our Constitution’s core principles.”

They expressed disagreement with the treaty, as it would strip “elected representatives of their role in setting public health policies and compelling citizens to comply with WHO directives.”

Additional concerns arose over the global surveillance infrastructure that would be needed for member states to censor speech related to public health. 

“As governors, we affirm that public health policy is a matter reserved for the states, not the federal government, and certainly not international bodies like the WHO,” wrote the governors. “We are committed to resisting any attempts to transfer authority to the WHO over public policy affecting our citizens or any efforts by the WHO to assert such authority over them.” 

Abbott wrote on X after the announcement of the letter that “Texas will NOT comply” with the proposed treaty. 

The governors of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming signed the letter alongside Abbott.

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government and is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.

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