BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate narrowly passed a bill Thursday to study the effects of an mRNA vaccine such as the COVID vaccine.
SB2384 was initially a bill that gave a class A misdemeanor for any person who administered a vaccine developed using messenger ribonucleic acid technology for use in an individual or mammal in North Dakota.
The bill sponsor, Sen. Jeff Magrum, R-Dis. 8, Hazelton, amended the bill on the Senate floor to a study of the long-term health effects and possible health risks of mRNA vaccines. The study would be done by legislative management and must include input from the Department of Health and Human Services. The amendment passed 26 to 21.
“Up until January 27, 2023, there’s been 1,513,204 reports of harm to people from vaccines,” said Magrum. “As a pro-life legislator I think we need to look at what’s happening with these vaccines. There’s been 34,122 deaths.”
Sen. Kristin Roers, R-Dis. 27, Fargo, said during her training to become a nurse, the main point she was taught on how to read a study was that correlation does not equal causation.
“We don’t know a lot about this right now,” said Roers. “That might be an argument for a study, but I have a hard time believing that a legislative study is going to find out a lot more about scientific proof than a true scientific study.”
The bill as amended passed 25 to 22 and will be sent to the House for further consideration.