Marjorie Taylor Greene, a member of the United States House of Representatives, opposed a COVID-19 vaccine mandate by citing a medical code majorly used in the World War II period to address medical crimes against humanity.
Representative Greene, a lawmaker from the state of Georgia, wrote on Twitter, "We don’t take orders from Fascist in my office. Remember the Nuremberg Code Joe? By law, we have a right to choose to participate or not."
The Nuremberg Code, a norm established in the mid 20th century, consists of 10 standards that were to be followed while conducting experiments on human subjects. The highlight of the World War II-era code was voluntary and informed consent by the subject, according to media reports.
The code was developed after the infamous Nuremberg Trials that held Nazis accountable for war crimes. According to reports from Newsweek, medical experiments were carried out on prisoners who were forced to live in Nazi-controlled concentration camps.
In a statement to Newsweek, Marjorie Taylor Greene said, "Mandates aren't necessary when we have such effective treatment options. The federal government should do everything in its power to make these treatments readily available to the general public."
She added, "I support freedom and people's right to make medical decisions over their own bodies", according to Newsweek reports.
We Will Not Comply Act, a brainchild of Greene, was introduced in the United States House Of Representatives aiming to obstruct the various vaccine requirements in the country. However, the legislation only collected support from 11 members of the Republican party.
The news comes as United States President Joe Biden, on Thursday, announced a set of COVID-19 vaccination mandates, which would impact nearly 100 million people, for the country. The new rule includes mandating the shots for companies that employ more than 100 people.