The Presidential Candidates on Informed Consent

How Do the Candidates Stand on the Universal Right to Informed Consent?
Mandates During the Declared Pandemic?
Masks for All?  Forced Vaccination?

Early in the 2020 election cycle the Natural Solutions Foundation polled the presidential primary election candidates regarding their views on the universal Right of Informed Consent. [1]   We followed up with specific questions to all presumptive nominees of parties that would be on a sufficient number of state ballots to, in theory, win a majority in the Electoral College. Four parties qualified:  Democrats, Greens, Libertarians and Republicans.  Here is an excerpt from what we wrote them:

I am polling all presidential candidates regarding the universal right of Informed Consent …
What is the Presidential Candidate’s position on this important freedom of choice issue?
Does the Candidate support the right of Informed Consent?
Does the Candidate support the Nuremberg Code?
Has the _____ Party taken an official position on Informed Consent and/or Freedom of Choice?

Since, after emailing and calling, the only nominee we received a direct answer from was Dr. Jo Jorgensen we searched the party platforms and news media for the other candidates’ positions.

Republican [Incumbent] Donald J. Trump: In May Trump stated that the new vaccine would be for those “who want to get it,” adding, “Not everyone is going to want to get it.” [2]

Libertarian Dr. Jo Jorgensen:  “…at no time, and in no circumstance does the government have authority to require a medical procedure against your will. … We have autonomy over our bodies, what we do with our bodies, and who we choose as providers for our health and our children’s health. The government has zero business in those decisions.” [3]

Green Howie Hawkins: the Party Platform calls for a “health care system that safeguards human dignity, respects individual autonomy, and protects informed consent…”

Democrat Joe Biden: [New York Times] “Mr. Biden, addressing reporters after receiving a briefing from public health experts, said every American should wear a mask while outside for at least the next three months and that all governors should mandate mask wearing.  ‘It’s not about your rights,’ Mr. Biden said…” [4]

There you have it. 

Mr. Trump talks about giving people what they “want.” — a position that may support Informed Consent.

Dr. Jorgensen talks about bodily autonomy and limitations on government authority, thereby supporting Informed Consent.

Mr. Hawkins’ Party explicitly wants to protect “informed consent.”

Mr. Biden does not think that our “rights” are involved at all.

At least we know who does not support the right to Informed Consent.


[3]  Dr. Jorgensen in Facebook Messenger communication with the author (see screenshot above)

3 thoughts on “The Presidential Candidates on Informed Consent

  1. There are a lot of people who believe in vaccines and can’t get past the idea that vaccines have never been proven, we’ve just been told over & over again about how the vaccines got rid of polio and other diseases. How can we understand or undo all the garbage that people have been told? People are scared. The media thinks that Donald Trump will is ruining our country. This fake pandemic seems so real to people. It’s all screwed up. I want informed consent, not vaccines and crazy IT and nutty scientist taking over my body or my children or grandchildren. I am angry about all of this. Not everyone will understand.

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