WHEREAS: The founding documents of our Constitutional Republic recognize that individuals have the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These founding documents recognize explicitly that these rights were granted to individuals by a higher power than the state, and that the documents were to protect the rights already possessed by those individuals, and to prevent the state from usurping them.
WHEREAS: Since its founding, the Palmetto State Chiropractic Association (PSCA) has embraced and endorsed ethical principles of personal and bodily autonomy in making healthcare decisions.
WHEREAS: The PSCA recognizes that healthcare procedures can involve an aspect of risk.
THEREFORE: The PSCA celebrates, recognizes, and seeks to protect the inalienable right of every individual to select their own form of healthcare, and to make their own decisions whether to accept or reject any intervention or procedure. The PSCA also respects one’s right and obligation to make healthcare decisions for themselves and their own children.
THEREFORE: In accordance with such principles and based upon the individual’s right to freedom of choice in healthcare, the PSCA is opposed to any mandatory programs which infringe and encroach upon such rights. The PSCA only supports healthcare laws which explicitly provide an elective course of action. This would – by law – ensure that each individual be able to exercise their freedom of choice in matters affecting their bodies and their health. The Palmetto State Chiropractic Association position on this issue is and always has been a stance for right to privacy, right to freedom of choice in healthcare, and for basic human rights.
THEREFORE: By unanimous vote, the PSCA Board adopts this Position Statement – October 13, 2021.