Friday, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed HB220 an act “relative to medical freedom in immunizations…” The new law states that “Every person has the natural, essential, and inherent right to bodily integrity, free from any threat or compulsion by government to accept an immunization.”
Accordingly, no person may be compelled to receive an immunization for COVID-19 in order to secure, receive, or access any public facility, any public benefit, or any public service from the state of New Hampshire, or any political subdivision thereof, including but not limited to counties, cities, towns, precincts, water districts, school districts, school administrative units, or quasi-public entities.”
To quote Rep Leah Cushman, it means “No State Mandated COVID passports, no State Mandated Vaccinations.”
Rep. Cushman continues,
This new law says that the State cannot mandate vaccinations, nor can State Government set rules to participate in society based on an individual NH Citizens private medical status.
This new law, puts State practices into alignment with the recently (2018) passed NH Constitutional amendment:
[Art.] 2-b. [Right of Privacy.] An individual’s right to live free from governmental intrusion in private or personal information is natural, essential, and inherent.
December 5, 2018
It is a great first step, but there’s room for more.
And please make sure to support the reps who supported this legislation. Getting them elected and then asking them to promote your priorities is only half the job. You need to back them up on every good bill and every good vote. Write Letters to the editor, and let people know the good they are doing and why it is important to keep and grow that majority.
And as much as this might hurt some folks, that includes Governor Sununu when he does the right thing.
Correction: The original published version identified Rep Cushman as a sponsor of the legislation. That was incorrect and has been amended.