Religious Objections To Vaccines Can’t Threaten Public Health, Judge Kuntz Rules

Judge William F. Kuntz II has ruled to uphold a New York City policy that bars unvaccinated children from attending school when another student has a disease preventable by a vaccination, reports The New York Times.

In the ruling, Kuntz wrote that the Supreme Court, “strongly suggested that religious objectors are not constitutionally exempt from vaccinations.”

Three families filing suit contended that the school policy preventing their unvaccinated children from attending school at risky times is a First Amendment violation of religious freedom. The Brooklyn Eagle reported that Nicole Phillips, Fabian Mendoza-Vaca and Dina Check had decided not to vaccinate their children on the grounds of “sincere religious belief.” MORE

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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