A UCLA anesthesiologist took a bold stand against the draconian vaccine mandate for health care workers in California which resulted in him being escorted out of the southern California university’s medical plaza.
Dr. Christopher Rake videoed himself being ushered out of the building after he showed up for work on Tuesday and the footage has since gone viral with over 444,000 views.
“They are escorting me out of the building… This is what happens when you stand up for freedom and when you show up to work, willing to work, despite being unvaccinated, and this is the price you have to pay sometimes,” Rake said.
“But what they don’t realize is that I’m willing to go lose everything — job, paycheck, freedom, even my life for this cause,” he added.
“Be well. United we stand, divided we fall.”
UCLA anesthesiologist Dr. Chris Rake, a COVID-19 vaccine mandate opponent, was escorted out of the UCLA medical plaza yesterday and placed on unpaid administrative leave for refusing to get vaccinated or request an exemption.
“I’m willing to go lose everything…even my life.” pic.twitter.com/7AxUX4uyeF
— Samuel Braslow (@SamBraslow) October 6, 2021
California issued a public health order on August 5 mandating all in-person health care workers receive the poke or an exemption by the September 30 deadline.
“Those out of compliance are subject to progressive discipline, including restricting access to work sites and being placed on leave,” a UCLA spokesperson said in a statement to McClatchy News.
Speaking at a Larry Elder rally last month, Rake explained to the crowd that while he initially submitted an exemption, he later retracted it because he does not recognize his employer’s authority to mandate the vaccine.
Rake appeared on “The John and Ken Show” on KFI AM 640 on Friday to explain that he has refused the jab because he believes in human rights and medical autonomy, a position he asserts is supported by the constitution.
“I believe in human rights, I believe in medical autonomy. I believe in medical ethics, one of the principles of which is medical autonomy,” Rake explained. “That you have the right to decide what goes in your body and what doesn’t.”
“I believe in civil rights, that people have the right to medical freedom. I believe that this has been established in Roe v. Wade, basically my body my choice.” the doctor said.
“I decided for myself that I don’t want this injection, and I have that right to do that. And I’m standing on constitutional grounds and human rights,” he said.
Host John Kobylt asked Rake, “Why don’t you want it?”
“Why should I have to explain to anyone?” Rake punched back, declined to explain the specific reason why he is refusing the jab.
“I’m not trying to be difficult, I’m just trying to make a point here. Look at how invasive we’re getting,” Rake said. “My point is, the general public doesn’t have a right to know.”
Kobylt asked, “Are you resting just purely on the philosophy that the government can’t tell you what to do here?”
“Yes, in fact, one of the founding fathers, Benjamin Rush, said we should’ve put in the bill of rights an act of medical freedom. Because he saw that this kind of medical tyranny would appear,” Rake responded.
“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution the time will come when medicine will organize itself into an undercover dictatorship.”
–Benjamin Rush pic.twitter.com/NaodDgKQEp
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) September 11, 2019
The anesthesiologist who formed a grassroots group to fight the tyranny called Citizens United for Freedom explained that even if the vaccine cured 100 percent of all diseases and someone was told to take it as a duty to the “collective rights” of others, it would still be wrong to tell someone to take the vaccine.
“Our founding fathers said our rights come from God, they are protected by the constitution,” he explained. “This is a radical idea because prior to this they thought, rights come from the government, but our founding fathers said, no, they come from God and governments have a tendency to take them away.”
He noted the striking differences between the vaccine “mandates” before COVID as compared to the new era of totalitarian COVID-19 vaccine mandates and explained that in prior years if you declined a flu vaccine, you would just be requested to wear a mask, not lose your job.
Rake remains on administrative leave without pay and is looking into pursuing legal action.
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