Thursday, April 08, 2010

Vaccination Objection Held To Be Sincere, But Not Religious

In Caviezel v. Great Neck Public Schools, (ED NY, April 5, 2010), a New York federal district court refused to grant a preliminary injunction to force the Great Neck school system to grant plaintiffs an exemption from the requirement their child be vaccinated in order to enroll. The New York Public Health Law provides an exemption for children whose parents hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs against vaccination. The court concluded that while plaintiffs genuinely and sincerely oppose vaccination for their child, their objections are not "religious" in nature. Part of plaintiff's reasons involve safety concerns. Her other reasons are closer to a secular philosophy. She believes the human body is a perfect creation and we do not need to inject vaccines into it. Yesterday's New York Law Journal reports on the decision. [Thanks to Steven H. Sholk for the lead.]