Ethics teacher gives emotional ‘lesson’ on immunization mandates – then she is put on leave
Dr.Julie Ponesse, a senior ethics professor at a university in Canada, was put on leave after delivering a very brief virtual lecture in which she described the real ethical dilemma she faced when her employer mandated her immunization against COVID-19.
The Huron University College educator shared the remarks with her first-year students, explaining to them “the universally accepted ethics of forcing people to undergo medical procedures.”
âMy employer just made me get vaccinated against COVID-19,â Ponesse explained. âIf I want to continue working in my job as a teacher, I have to take this vaccine. Here is my riddle. My school employs me to be an authority on ethics. I have a doctorate. in ethics and ancient philosophy and I’m here to tell you that it’s ethically wrong to force someone to get vaccinated.
âIf this happens to you, you don’t have to do it,â the professor continued. âIf you don’t want a COVID vaccine, don’t take one – end of discussion. It’s your own business. But this is not the approach of the University of Western Ontario, which suddenly demanded that I be vaccinated immediately, or that I not report to work. I am facing imminent layoff after 20 years of work.
While she has taken “a lot of vaccines” over the course of her life, Ponesse argued that the currently available inoculations against COVID-19 are, in her opinion, experimental in nature, may pose unforeseen risks and do not have still sufficiently proven to be effective against unintentionally contracting or spreading the virus.
Additionally, Ponesse suggested that she does not work in a âhigh risk environmentâ as an academician, adding that her job is to âteach critical thinking; ask questions that might present a false argument.
âThis is my first and, potentially, my last lesson of the year,â she told her students. âIn the mind of Socrates, who was executed for asking questions, this lesson will consist of one question: When a person has done the same job to the satisfaction of his employer for 20 years, is he okay or wrong to require them to undergo unnecessary medical procedures in order to keep their jobs? “
She concluded her lecture by saying, âI already know the answer.
After an anonymous person also on the call praised Ponesse for her “amazing” words, the professor burst into tears.
Ponesse emailed her department head last week telling him that she will not receive a COVID-19 vaccine, wear a mask while teaching, or undergo weekly tests.
Within half an hour, the professor told the National Post, she received a response from the dean of her school, informing him that she “would be fired and put on temporary paid leave.”
The Post took issue with Ponesse’s claims during his brief “lesson” to his students. The outlet noted that health authorities in Canada – as well as in many other countries – “have approved the vaccines for emergency use after confirming their safety and effectiveness,” noting that “preliminary studies have revealed that the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are around 90 percent effective against COVID-19 and the vast majority of cases are now among the unvaccinated. â
In late August, the United States Food and Drug Administration granted full approval for Pfizer inoculation.
YouTube, it should be noted, removed images of Ponesse’s video from its platform, saying it violated the site’s “community rules”. The video has since been uploaded to the Rumble video sharing platform.
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