The New Mexico educator who wrote a critically acclaimed book about how forced face coverings violate the human right of bodily autonomy is now lobbying for more stringent face mask laws.
Back in 2014 Gabriela Baca-Vazquez wrote the book ‘Free Their Faces’ detailing her struggle to have religious face coverings banned on state campuses. Inside of the books front jacket Baca-Vazquez wrote:
The oppression of Muslim women being forced to wear face coverings may not seem like a big deal to most people, but it represents a violation of one of our most fundamental rights, control over our own bodies. I can think of no higher priority from which to address human rights than assuring individuals across the globe maintain that essential control.
Last week Gabriela published an editorial in the Santa Fe Inquisitor demanding that state lawmakers create legislation which allows tougher enforcement and harsher penalties for people who do not wear face masks properly in public.
Safety is the most fundamental right of individuals, and tour leadersares responsible for assuring that safety at any cost, especially given the massive death rate of 1.834% of our state’s residents.
A few days later the paper published a response from Los Alamos resident Eric Veach.
Given the logic that facial coverings prevent disease, and disease is always with us, and we are always transmitting it, you would think someone who believes so much in preventing the loss of life would have supported the burqa as a way of reducing disease transmissions. Personally I am against either burqas or face masks being forced on individuals, both for the exact same reason, the bodily autonomy which Baca-Vazquez seems to have completely abandoned as a moral premise.
Hundreds of online commenters responded with some variation of ‘but that’s totally different’ but one Twitter user replied to their inconsistent outrage with the following tweet:
That is the difference between a right and a privilege. Privileges are conditional, but rights are ride or die.
Baca-Vazquez will meet with Governor Luhan-Grisham and her advisors next week to discuss another proposed law to increase penalties for those attending non-essential gatherings.