GOP Iowa State Rep. Says Vaccine Mandates Violate Fourth Amendment

A number of GOP Iowa state representatives and lawmakers are arguing that vaccine mandates violate U.S. sanctioned laws.

On Tuesday, Iowa Republican lawmakers and citizens gathered at the Iowa State Capitol to rally and voice their frustrations regarding potential mandates that may come forth in the state.

Iowa State Representatives Sandy Salmon and Jeff Shipley spoke at the event which was hosted by the anti-vaccination group "Informed Choice Iowa."

Salmon believes that all vaccine mandates violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

"We have not just COVID-19, but we have totalitarian fever, and that is what we have to eradicate," said Salmon to Iowa Capital Dispatch.

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A number of GOP Iowa state representatives and lawmakers are arguing that vaccine mandates violate U.S. sanctioned laws. Pictured above is the Iowa State Flag Getty Images

According to the Constitution, the Fourth Amendment states that Americans have the right to be secure in their "persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures."

The Fourth Amendment also stated that these rights should not be violated and "no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Meanwhile, Shiply stated that medical lines must be honored when it comes to everyday Americans and their freedoms.

"There are scared lines that must not be crossed," said Shiply to the Iowa Capital Dispatch. "There is the sacred line of medical freedom. Does anyone really think this vaccine mandate will be the end of it?"

Tamara Scott, a national committeewoman for the Republican Party spoke at the rally and mentioned that she was "actually aggravated" at the thought of everyone having to be in attendance regarding the potential vaccine mandates.

"Who would have thought, in America, in Iowa, we would have to come to plead for our rights and our liberty?" questioned Scott at the event.

As of Tuesday, lawmakers will not consider legislation on vaccine requirements but speakers at the rally are urging Governor Kim Reynolds and legislators to have another session to address the forthcoming mandates. Speakers at the rally also encouraged Iowans to reach out to lawmakers for answers.

Currently, there are no COVID-19 vaccine mandates, according to the state government, but a number of private businesses, including those in the healthcare sector require employees to be fully vaccinated. Reynolds has stated on a number of occasions throughout the pandemic that the decision to get vaccinated and wear a mask is a personal choice.

Newsweek has reached out to Informed Choice Iowa for further comments.