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Rivals of Gov. Greg Abbott have spoken out on the situation in a Houston hospital where employees are resisting their employers’ vaccine mandate. The employees’ attorney has called for Abbott to have the Texas Legislature address employer vaccination mandates in a special session.

Despite Abbott announcing a vaccine passport ban in Texas, Houston Methodist Hospital has mandated that all employees receive full COVID-19 vaccinations or be fired. 178 employees haven’t, and they’ve been suspended with threat of termination on June 21 if they do not comply. A total of 117 employees have sued the hospital, with attorney Jared Woodfill representing them.

After a U.S. District Judge dismissed the lawsuit, Woodfill told Texas Scorecard Abbott should have the Texas Legislature take the issue up in a special session. It has been reported that Abbott has indicated he will call multiple special sessions this year.

Abbott’s office did not respond to an inquiry on this matter before publication time. Texas Scorecard sent inquiries to Don Huffines and Chad Prather, who are challenging Abbott in the Republican primary for governor, as well as outgoing Republican Party of Texas Chairman Allen West, who has said he is considering a gubernatorial run as well.

“Texas should not have coerced mandated vaccinations under condition of employment for an experimental, non-FDA approved vaccine that we are told doesn’t relieve us of mask wearing,” West stated. “This situation which threatens individual liberty and freedom must be addressed by the Texas Legislature.”

“I find it quite ironic that when it comes to murdering an unborn child in the womb the reasoning is ‘my body my choice’,” West continued. “However, when it comes to mandated vaccination, for a virus with a 99.96% recovery rate, under threat of unemployment and ostracism the individual American citizen loses their right to decide for

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