Parents Sue After New York Nixes Religious Vaccine Exemption - NBC New York

Parents Sue After New York Nixes Religious Vaccine Exemption

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    No Religious Exemptions for Measles Vaccines

    A new law signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday ends religious exemptions for vaccinations for school children. (Published Friday, June 14, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Fifty five families are suing the state of New York to reinstate a religious exemption to vaccine mandates

    • They say lawmakers violated the religious rights of parents when they repealed the exemption last month following a serious measles outbreak

    • Critics of the old exemption say religious beliefs shouldn't outweigh overwhelming scientific evidence showing vaccines work

    A group of parents is suing New York state in an effort to reinstate a religious exemption to vaccine mandates.

    The plaintiffs, represented by attorneys including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., argue that state lawmakers violated the religious rights of parents when they repealed the exemption last month in the face of the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades.

    Kennedy joined several parents at a courthouse in Albany Wednesday, when the lawsuit was filed. Fifty five families have signed on as plaintiffs.

    Critics of the old exemption say religious beliefs shouldn't outweigh overwhelming scientific evidence showing vaccines work to protect individuals and communities from disease.

    New Measles Cases Reported in US: CDC

    [NY] New Measles Cases Reported in US: CDC

    As of July 1, there have been 619 confirmed measles cases in NYC since September, according to the city. In Rockland County, there are 278 confirmed cases.

    (Published Thursday, July 11, 2019)

    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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