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January 10, 2022, by Dr. John W. Seeds, MD
The Commonwealth of Virginia Legal Code requires informed consent for medical treatment. Ethical informed consent requires free will. Coercion by whatever means destroys free will so ethical informed consent is impossible. Consent may be coerced by administrative mandate such as mandated vaccination for COVID-19 for state workers, mandates by private business that force employees to be vaccinated or lose his or her job, or travel or entry mandates that force a traveler to be vaccinated to fly or travel to a given destination. These mandates all constitute coercion that eliminates free will and destroys ethical consent. Government might make such mandates legal, but government cannot make them ethical. The justification for such mandates generally rests on the goal of promoting…


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