COLUMBUS, OHIO – “Today, the Ohio House paused HB 435, which allows vague and subjective exemptions to vaccine mandates based on reasons of conscience. The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) right to make decisions in the best interest of their employees, the cancer patients they serve and the right of cancer patients who have compromised immune systems to feel safe when receiving cancer care and doing everyday activities cannot be overstated.
“ACS’s vaccination requirement is essential for the ACS Hope Lodge in Cleveland. The Hope Lodge provides free lodging to cancer patients and their families, which allows them access to the care they need. This access is vital for Ohioans who live in rural parts of the state far away from premier cancer treatment facilities.
“ACS CAN is pleased that the House paused HB 435, but remains concerned about future action on this legislation. Passage of this type of legislation would put the health of those who have battled cancer and the over 73,000 Ohioans who will be diagnosed this year at greater risk. ACS CAN calls on the legislature to put a stop to this legislation and looks forward to working with them to protect those Ohioans touched by cancer.”
About ACS CAN at 20
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that saves lives. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and made workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free. As we mark our 20th anniversary, we’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers and save more lives from cancer. Join the fight by visiting www.fightcancer.org.