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A woman testifying at an Ohio Statehouse hearing made a failed attempt to get a key and a bobby pin to stick to her neck Tuesday, frustrating her attempt to prove a conspiracy theory that COVID-19 vaccines make people magnetic.
The woman, who was identified as a nurse by local newspaper the Ohio Capital Journal, was speaking at a hearing to promote the GOP-sponsored House Bill 248, which addresses civil liberties around vaccines.
Taking the stand, unnamed nurse tried a practical demonstration of the conspiracy theory. Video of the testimony was posted by Ohio Capital Journal reporter Tyler Buchanan:
Wow. An anti-vaccine nurse in Ohio tried to prove the Vaccines Cause Magnetism theory in an state legislative committee. The demonstration did not go to plan pic.twitter.com/0ubELst4E8
— Tyler Buchanan (@Tylerjoelb) June 9, 2021
The nurse said she took her cues from an earlier speaker, conspiracist doctor Sherri Tenpenny, author of “Saying No to Vaccines,” who had been invited to the hearing by Republicans.
Tenpenny had falsely said the COVID-19 vaccine could make people “magnetized,” claiming that people can “put spoons and forks all over” and they will stick due to magnetic particles in the vaccines.
“You were talking about Dr Tenpenny’s testimony about magnetic vaccine crystals?” said the nurse. “So this is what I found out.”
“So I have a key and a bobby pin here,” she continued, proceeding to put a key on her chest, where it stayed. “Explain to me why the key sticks to me.”
She then put the key on her neck, where it fell off. Trying the same thing with a bobby pin, it fell off.
Nonetheless, she said: “It sticks to my neck too. Yeah so if somebody can explain this, it would be great. Any questions?”
The full hearing included a jumble of conspiracy theories, involving 5G towers and the false claim that the vaccine contains formaldehyde and fetal cells, the Journal reported.
House Bill 248 has been characterized by its sponsor, Republican state Rep. Jennifer Gross, as a “freedom bill” rather than a “scientific” one, The Journal reported.
It would prohibit mandatory vaccinations, stop businesses from denying service to unvaccinated people, and outlaw any obligation to disclose whether or not you have been vaccinated, among other measures.
It passed the House and is due to proceed to the committee stage.