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NY Judge Refuses to Block Ban on Religious Vaccine Exemption

Lawyers representing 55 families in New York filed a lawsuit this week hoping to restore the exemption

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    NY Judge Refuses to Block Ban on Religious Vaccine Exemption
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    A nurse demonstrates how a measles vaccine is administered at the Orange County Health Department on May 6, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of measles cases in the United States as of May 6, 2019 has climbed to 764 in 23 states, with 60 new cases reported in the past week, breaking recent records. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

    What to Know

    • A judge in New York has refused to block a state law repealing a religious exemption to vaccine mandates

    • Lawyers representing 55 families in New York filed a lawsuit this week hoping to restore the exemption

    • But on Friday, Judge Michael Mackey refused, noting previous court rulings supporting states' rights to set vaccine mandates

    A judge in New York has refused to block a state law repealing a religious exemption to vaccine mandates.

    Lawyers representing 55 families in New York filed a lawsuit this week hoping to restore the exemption, which lawmakers eliminated this year in the face of the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades.

    Plaintiffs who argued they have a right to a religious exemption had asked a judge to temporarily block the repeal while their lawsuit proceeds.

    But on Friday, Judge Michael Mackey refused, noting previous court rulings supporting states' rights to set vaccine mandates.

    Critics of the previous exemption say religious beliefs shouldn't outweigh the public health.

    Five states have no religious exemption. The Supreme Court ruled in 1905 that states have the right to enforce compulsory vaccination rules.

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