The director of an anti-abortion pregnancy center in Pueblo assures nurses looking for work that they do not need to be vaccinated to work at her pregnancy center despite the Colorado Board of Health order requiring that staff in hospitals and health facilities get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The new rule comes amid a major spike in COVID-19 cases that has filled emergency rooms to capacity across the United States. The spike is due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant, especially among unvaccinated people.
Tamra Axworthy, who runs A Caring Pregnancy Center (ACPC) in Pueblo, posted on Facebook following the board’s announcement that health workers in thousands of facilities across the state should receive their first dose of vaccine no later than September 30. .
“FYI, I’m hiring registered nurses,” she wrote on a Facebook post linked to an article on the new vaccine requirement. “No vaccine required. Must be prolific, Christian, humble, teachable, ministry minded, great with a team, charismatic and kind… Will supervise other medical staff and see clients daily.
The Colorado Board of Health order applies to hospitals, community clinics, birthing centers, and more. Anti-abortion pregnancy centers generally operate without medical authorization.
The CAAA is one of the dozens of anti-abortion pregnancy centers in Colorado, who outnumber abortion providers almost three times, a similar ratio to the rest of the country. These organizations offer a variety of free services such as pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and “pregnancy options education” to prevent people with unplanned pregnancies from having an abortion. By setting up next to abortion clinics and promoting misinformation about abortion, they often deceive those requesting an abortion
For example, CAAA website presents a long list of abortion “risks” that are completely unfounded Where refuted, including various cancers and a host of psychological side effects such as suicidality, alcoholism, and eating disorders.
Presenting abortion as unsafe is a key tactic for anti-abortion pregnancy centers and the anti-abortion movement in general, when in reality abortion is very safe – safer, in fact, than having your wisdom teeth removed or having a colonoscopy.
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As of April 2020, the ACPC was among several anti-abortion pregnancy centers that have remained open despite the closure of non-essential businesses and a suspension of non-essential medical care, potentially exposing pregnant women to a virus that has been linked to a higher risk of premature births and serious illnesses.
Vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives.
In addition to calling on unvaccinated nurses to apply, Axworthy has been promoting misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine on his page.
In August, she posted a link to a report on the coronavirus found in deer and wrote: “This virus is not going anywhere. We have to learn to live with it… studies show that vaccinated people shed more virus than unvaccinated people. So while you might not be “that sick” once you get the jab, you are actually more of a danger to others. Congratulation.”
It’s wrong. Through the CDC, “Vaccine shedding can only occur when a vaccine contains a weakened version of the virus. None of the vaccines authorized in the United States contain live virus. “
Axworthy also posted a video of anti-abortion celebrity Abby Johnson (who recently received COVID and tweeted she was taking ivermectin) in which Johnson explains his anti-vaccine stance. Axworhty wrote: “If aborted babies were used in ANY part of the production or testing of these vaccines, then my answer is NO! I will NOT be vaccinated.
Cell lines derived from abortion have been used to make vaccines for decades, including those against rubella, chickenpox and hepatitis A, in addition to drugs for diseases like hemophilia and arthritis. Cell lines are not aborted fetal tissue, as some anti-abortion and vaccine advocates mistakenly claim. Fetal cell lines are grown in the lab and are descended from cells collected of two abortions that occurred decades ago, and the cell lines that are currently used in the development of some vaccines are thousands of generations removed from the original fetal tissue.
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine used fetal cell structures in its development and production, but the more widely used Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines did not.
Axworthy did not return a request for comment seeking how she balances her self-proclaimed pro-life stance with her resistance to bailout measures that prevent COVID-19.
This isn’t the first time Axworthy has shared misinformation and conspiracy theories on his page. Last year, she liked and shared posts related to the QAnon Conspiracy, including “adrenahomaAn imaginary drug that QAnon believers believe an obscure cabal of liberal and Hollywood elites is harvesting fear from trafficked children.