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Vaccines over Religious Exercise

New York

A New York court ruled that a state law barring unvaccinated children from attending public schools did not violate the constitutional right of parents to the free exercise of their religion. Three parents with school-age children (the "plaintiffs") filed a lawsuit challenging New York's vaccination law, which required children to be vaccinated and offered a religion-based exemption, but prohibited unvaccinated children with a religious exemption from attending school each time any schoolmate contracts a "vaccine preventable disease."

The plaintiffs claimed that their constitutional right to the free exercise of religion was violated when their children were excluded from school due to their religious beliefs running counter to vaccination practice. Plaintiffs argued that their children were "arbitrarily, capriciously, unreasonably and unconstitutionally denied" the right to free exercise ...

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  • June 29, 2015

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