Arguments Against Vaccine Mandate set to be Heard on Mandate Deadline

Arguments Against Vaccine Mandate set to be Heard on Mandate Deadline

Arguments Against Vaccine Mandate set to be Heard on Mandate Deadline

(EUGENE, Ore.) — The plaintiffs involved in the Freedom Foundation’s lawsuit against Oregon’s vaccine mandate will finally get to make their case for a temporary restraining order to prevent the edict from taking effect on Oct. 18.

The same day as the vaccine mandate deadline itself.

“The livelihoods of tens of thousands of Oregonians currently hang in the balance thanks to another one size fits all policy being pushed by bureaucrats who have never had to worry about missing a paycheck,” said Jason Dudash, the Oregon Director of the Freedom Foundation.

The lawsuit was filed on Sept. 9 on behalf of seven Oregon residents who have proof of natural immunity to COVID-19 because they previously had the infection and recovered from it.

The essence of the Oregon suit is that lead plaintiff Joshua Williams, a station chief at Aurora Fire and Rescue, and his six co-plaintiffs shouldn’t be forced to vaccinate because they’ve already contracted and recovered from the virus.

Moreover, testing has shown that those who have recovered from the virus have a much greater possibility of adverse reaction to the vaccine.

Consequently, the Freedom Foundation asked Eugene-based U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken for a restraining order to prevent anyone who has the virus antibodies from being terminated until its lawsuit can be heard.

“Kate Brown’s edict not only ignores the science of natural immunity, but it needlessly terminates thousands of qualified and experienced public employees from our critical services,” Dudash continued. “The only logical explanation is that there’s something more important to her than the well-being of the Oregonians she took and oath to protect.”

Vice President of Communication and Federal Affairs
Ashley Varner brings a variety of public affairs experience and a tough skin to the Freedom Foundation team. Prior to joining the Freedom Foundation, Ashley spent many exciting, turbulent and wonderful years as a media spokesperson and state government liaison at the National Rifle Association. Following her tenure at the NRA, Ashley joined the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where she worked with state and local lawmakers across the country on a diverse set of policy and communications issues. A grassroots activist from a young age, Ashley joined her first of many political campaigns before graduating high school and organized protests across the street from her own professors at the University of Missouri. When not rabble-rousing against Big Government, Ashley enjoys cooking, mafia movies, and has seen most of the 1970s and 80s classic rock bands still on tour. She loves the Chiefs, hopes someday she can love her Mizzou Tigers again, and she was a Kansas City Royals fan and Patriot Act opponent before either was cool.