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Opinion: Liberals, conservatives face contradictions over vaccines

Too many are following their party’s ideologues regardless of facts or consistency to principle

Vials of COVID-19 vaccine stand ready for use.
Vials containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are pictured at the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The current divide over COVID-19 vaccines highlights a contradiction in the traditional stances of both sides of the aisle.

Liberals that would protect, at all costs, the right of a woman to control her body are firmly behind mandating a vaccine for all regardless of personal belief.

Conservatives that champion protection of the unborn while trading away a woman’s choice are resigning jobs and ready for battle now that they are being told what to do with their own bodies.

It’s like a bilateral flip-flop and the hypocrisy is revealing. Too many are following their party’s ideologues regardless of facts or consistency to principle.

Conservatives: When the scientific and medical communities are in agreement with the leaders of all major religions, it seems like a no-brainer that the vaccine is the right choice. So, who is behind the drive to stop you from taking the vaccine? Pundits and politicians — those who personally benefit from your fear.

Liberals: Overriding personal choice on vaccines should sound alarm bells for you, as well. Do you really believe this precedent won’t be extended to issues beyond COVID-19 when the pendulum swings the other direction?

Choosing to vaccinate may save your own life or that of a loved one. Do it for the right reason. However, let’s not sacrifice freedom for political or even medical expediency, though many lives are at stake. Once lost, freedom won’t be reclaimed without the loss of even more life.

Jason Andrus

Riverton, UT