Attorneys representing the Anti-vaxxer community, filed a lawsuit today in New York State Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the NYS legislature’s repeal of the religious exemption to vaccination. The plaintiffs, 55 NYS families who held lawful religious exemptions, requested that the court enjoin the enactment of the repeal temporarily, preliminarily and permanently.
The Aguda slammed the court’s decision in June, to repeal the religious exemption saying this is a dangerous precedent. In a press release, they said “Agudath Israel has proactively organized multiple, free vaccination clinics in Borough Park, Flatbush, and Williamsburg; placed full-page educational advertisements in community magazines and newspapers; and partnered with the NYS and NYC Departments of Health to disseminate critical information to schools and parents describing best steps to prevent this disease. Our stance and actions on this issue have been clear.
That said, Agudath Israel views with concern the recent passage of a bill to eliminate the ability to file a religious exemption for vaccination to allow attendance in a New York State K-12 school. When Agudath Israel expressed this concern to the legislature, it emphasized that the First Amendment, and the sacrosanct constitutional principle of governmental aversion toward impinging on the free exercise of religion, is a cornerstone of our country. It is a principle that our constituents routinely rely upon to function as Orthodox Jews in America. Erosion of that – irrespective of whether it affects our immediate religious practice – sets a dangerous precedent.”
The plaintiffs in this lawsuit are of diverse religious faiths, including Christianity, Judaism and Islam. As a result of the repeal, these families can no longer educate their children in any schools or camps in New York without violating their religious faith. The parents who bring the suit seek to represent thousands of other families likewise affected by the repeal – reports childrenshealthdefense.org