“The science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe.” – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
| Beth Mole, July 12. 2019
Ars Techinca – A New York State Supreme Court Justice on Friday rejected a request by 55 anti-vaccine families to block a recently passed state law eliminating exemptions to school vaccination requirements on the basis of religious beliefs.
According to the families’ attorneys, Justice Michael Mackey cited other court decisions that have held that states have the power to impose such restrictions to protect public health from the spread of infectious disease.
Justice Mackey added that the families were unlikely to succeed if they tried to continue with the case.
Nevertheless, the attorneys in the case—Michael Sussman and the prominent anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.—vowed to keep fighting.
Kennedy’s anti-vaccine nonprofit, Children’s Health Defense, released a statement saying, “While this decision is a set-back, it isn’t the final decision. The case will move forward with more decisions to come.”
The families filed their case on Wednesday and sought class-action status.
They claimed that the state’s June 13 decision to repeal religious exemptions is unconstitutional and violates their religious freedom … Read more.