Evangeline Lilly Protests Vaccine Mandates: "I Was Pro-Choice Before COVID and I Am Still Pro-Choice Today"

The Canadian star of 'Lost' and 'Ant-Man' attended a vaccine protest in Washington, D.C. last weekend

BY Kaelen BellPublished Jan 28, 2022

Evangeline Lilly — the Canadian actress who starred as Kate Austen in Lost and Hope van Dyne/Wasp in the Marvel Universe — hopped onto Instagram yesterday (January 27) to voice her support for the anti-vax movement and confirm her attendance at a protest against mandatory vaccinations in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. 

"I believe nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will, under threat of violent attack, arrest or detention without trial, loss of employment, homelessness, starvation, loss of education, alienation from loved ones, ex-communication from society…under any threat whatsoever," Lilly wrote in the post. It's not made entirely clear who it is that's purportedly threatening people with violent attacks and starvation, but hard facts seem beside the point at this juncture. 

"This is not the way," she continued, before invoking the language of abortion rights. "This is not safe. This is not healthy. This is not love. I understand the world is in fear, but I don't believe that answering fear with force will fix our problems. I was pro-choice before COVID and I am still pro-choice today."

She also gave a shoutout to the Canadian anti-vaccine mandate trucker convoy, which is currently en route to protest in Ottawa. 

Lilly has voiced her opposition to pandemic protocols in the past, posting in March 2020 that she refused to social distance and quarantine: "Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make choices," she wrote at the time, before eventually apologizing. 

"My direct and special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic," she wrote in a statement at the time, following backlash to her original comments. "I never meant to hurt you. When I wrote that post 10 days ago, I thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria. I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation."

Lilly is currently expected to return to the Marvel Universe in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which is arriving sometime in 2023.

See Lilly's post below. 

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