Far-right commentator Candace Owens has branded herself as one of the most outrageous right-wing media personalities, embracing conspiracy theories and making wildly false statements that have ingratiated her with conservative circles across the country.
In keeping with that, Owens vowed that neither her nor anyone in her family would be taking a vaccine against the virus that's killed over 600 thousand Americans, despite the proven safety of these vaccines against the virus and their demonstrated effectiveness at slowing the spread of the pandemic.
Though no one is being forced to take the vaccine, Owens emphasized that "[m]edical freedom is an individual right" that should never be violated.
Not one person in my family will ever touch the Covid-19 vaccine. That is the decision that we have made, unabashe… https://t.co/vLUlwzT9hM— Candace Owens (@Candace Owens) 1625692360.0
While most would agree, it's a curious argument coming from Owens, who believes the government should mandate people to carry out their pregnancies to term.
I want young women to know this: If you’ve ever had an abortion—you don’t have to protect Planned Parenthood. If… https://t.co/1MSxSFB9dT— Candace Owens (@Candace Owens) 1545534381.0
What if our govt funded an organization that conducted assisted suicides? What if the education system began teachi… https://t.co/VfQmwp5uxR— Candace Owens (@Candace Owens) 1557939468.0
In response to her tweet regarding vaccines, people wondered if she'd suddenly become pro-choice.
So this means you are for a woman's right to choose, correct? https://t.co/ieCtpGScgT— Titty Roux (@Titty Roux) 1625759120.0
Bold move by Candace to come out as pro-choice https://t.co/UiZJdv2iRJ— Michael Harriot (@Michael Harriot) 1625706906.0
Thrilled you’re pro-choice now! https://t.co/fdssW7dc5V— Alessandra Biaggi (@Alessandra Biaggi) 1625747672.0
Nice to see you’ve joined the pro-choice movement. I agree we need to remove anti-choice officials from power.… https://t.co/FUd46wUb2z— Chris Hahn (@Chris Hahn) 1625750454.0
So you’re pro-choice. https://t.co/4bTg2S0sKn— a boy has no name. (@a boy has no name.) 1625709320.0
Same rules apply for women and their reproductive rights, right? https://t.co/2g39r9KZvg— Peter Darker (@Peter Darker) 1625709730.0
For her part, Owens dismissed the idea that the two issues were comparable.
I have always been pro medical-choice and anti-the murder of infants. Not sure why this seems to have startled som… https://t.co/DlTTERWkl9— Candace Owens (@Candace Owens) 1625719248.0
It's a familiar argument from conservatives who believe that abortion is murder: that bodily autonomy is lost because a fetus is relying on the body to develop. Pro-choice advocates note that these same arguments are practically never deployed to force people to donate blood or organs to those who would die without them.
People disputed Owens' attempted rebuttal.
Not sure how she conflates a fetus with an actual infant, but then, we watched the far right tell their base that d… https://t.co/bWMD3WBCFa— David (@David) 1625759962.0
Hey @RealCandaceO you do know that an abortion doesn't entail terminating a birthed infant right? RIGHT??!??! https://t.co/pK8MgfXvCW— Harsha Krovi (@Harsha Krovi) 1625757127.0
Have some sense please. You think you’ve made a solid point? Look up the word ‘infants’ first! Ode! https://t.co/k9PW5CKQqt— Izzie (@Izzie) 1625752263.0