Supreme Court Declines To Hear Case Of Mandatory School Vaccines

Posted by | November 14, 2011 19:04 | Filed under: Top Stories

Jennifer Workman didn’t want to expose her 6-year-old daughter to vaccines because her older child had developmental disorders that she believed were caused by a vaccine.

The mother submitted a doctor’s note seeking to exempt the 6-year-old from vaccines, but the Mingo County School District, in West Virginia, turned down the request on the advice of the state health department, according to court documents.

The mother sued the district and its officials, claiming, among other things, that the vaccination requirement violated her First Amendment right to free exercise of religion. The mother’s “Christian Bapticostal religious beliefs require that she honor God by protecting her child from harm and illness, and that immunizing [the 6-year-old] in this instance would violate those sincerely held beliefs,” her suit said.

An earlier ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals stands.

“It has been settled law for many years that claims of religious freedom must give way in the face of the compelling interest of society in fighting the spread of contagious diseases through mandatory inoculation programs,” the 4th Circuit court said, borrowing from another court’s opinion.

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