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Pentagon pauses vaccination plan for Guantanamo Bay prisoners after massive blowback from public

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After massive blowback, the Pentagon has changed its policy on vaccinating prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

“No Guantanamo detainees have been vaccinated. We’re pausing the plan to move forward, as we review force protection protocols. We remain committed to our obligations to keep our troops safe,” press secretary for the Pentagon John Kirby said in a Saturday tweet.

The original policy was going to see prisoners including the alleged mastermind behind 9/11 get vaccines before most Americans.

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A prosecutor in the case against five Gitmo prisoners who allegedly conspired in the 9/11 attacks confirmed the vaccinations will be given to the prisoners. Khalid Shekih Mohammad, the accused mastermind of the horrific 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people is one of the prisoners set for vaccination.

The prosecutor confirmed in an email saying “that an official in the Pentagon has just signed a memo approving the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine to the detainee population in Guantanamo,” according to The Blaze.

DOD officials confirmed that an order was signed that the vaccines will be “offered to all detainees and prisoners,” according to the New York Post.

“It will be administered on a voluntary basis and in accordance with the Department’s priority distribution plan,” spokesman Michael Howard informed the New York Post.

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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