Because nothing says “pro-life” like forcing someone who is immunocompromised to work in person with a bunch of non-mask wearing Republicans who in many instances deny or minimize the science behind the COVID-19 pandemic.
The leader of the state Assembly earlier this year rejected an immunocompromised lawmaker’s request to work virtually on the basis that COVID-19 could not be transmitted through the air, despite guidance from epidemiologists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying otherwise.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and the Legislature’s human resources director, Amanda Jorgenson, have rejected requests from Rep. Jodi Emerson, D-Eau Claire, to participate in floor sessions and committee hearings from her office.
The requests were made by Emerson and her doctor to reduce Emerson’s risk of contracting the virus until she became fully vaccinated because of a medication she takes to suppress her immune system to manage an autoimmune disease Emerson was diagnosed with years ago.
“As you are aware, COVID-19 is not an airborne transmitted disease,” Jorgenson wrote to Emerson on April 4 rejecting the request. “Therefore, protection for you is based on limiting particulate exposure.”