Port: But I thought it was my body, my choice?


MINOT, N.D. — Is there a bigger hypocrite in the North Dakota legislature than Sen. Jeff Magrum?

I’m not sure there is.

In recent weeks Magrum, part of the extreme Trumpy wing of the North Dakota Republican Party, has positioned himself as a champion of property rights with a monomaniacal raft of bills targeting a carbon pipeline project. But Magrum once tried to seize his neighbor’s property without paying for it through an obscure legal doctrine and litigated the matter to the state Supreme Court (where he lost, by the way).

How can you be for property rights and then do something like that?

Now Magrum, an ardent anti-vaccine crank, is trying to ban COVID-19 shots. Or, more specifically, any vaccine “developed using messenger ribonucleic acid technology for use in an individual or any other mammal in this state,” as Senate Bill 2384 puts it.

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