Ohio State Representative Jennifer Gross (R-West Chester) recently made a controversial statement on social media, claiming that her 20-year-old son consciously avoids relationships with women who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. This comment, reported by Heartland Signal, aligns with Gross’s history of anti-vaccination rhetoric.
In her social media post, Gross responded to a baseless claim suggesting that procreating with vaccinated men could lead to birth defects and mental retardation. Gross stated that her son is “awake” and avoids “girls who are ‘loose'” and those who are vaccinated. These remarks add to a series of anti-vaccination statements Gross has made since being elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2020.
Gross, known for her strong stance against vaccination mandates, has previously sponsored a bill to reduce vaccine requirements in Ohio. She controversially compared vaccination mandates to the persecution of Jewish people by Nazis during the Holocaust, drawing criticism for the comparison.
The Heartland Signal report highlights the extent to which vaccine misinformation and political rhetoric can permeate personal and public discourse. Gross’s remarks reflect a broader trend among some political figures who use their platforms to disseminate controversial opinions on public health measures.