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    A Yokosuka Middle School student, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Hospitalman Alec Bowen, assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, during a vaccine distribution at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka’s Hawk’s Nest in Japan, May 20, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Tetsuya Morita)

    The Parental Rights Foundation has announced it has filed a lawsuit over a new law that appears to undermine parental rights in the District of Columbia.

    At issue, the foundation confirmed, is an effort to establish a procedure in the district to give vaccinations to children without parental consent.

    “The Supreme Court settled long ago that parents, not government officials, have the authority to make informed medical decisions for their children,” explained Jim Mason, president of the Parental Rights Foundation and lead counsel on the suit. “This law is a poorly disguised end-around to circumvent that right and give the district the outcome it wants, even over parental objection.”

    The complaint charges that the district won’t even bother to notify parents when their parental rights have been ended. The law prohibits the vaccine provider and the insurance carrier “from informing the parent of their child’s vaccination status, leaving the parent to assume (or hope) their opt-out decision is still being enforced. Even the family’s primary care physician will not receive word of a vaccination received outside their office,” the organization confirmed.

    The law was adopted by the district council on a 10-3 vote late last year, and allowed to pass into law by Mayor Muriel Bowser.

    The foundation explained its complaint charges that violates the fundamental liberty interest of parents in the welfare of their child as protected under the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause.

    “It also violates federal law, including the National Childhood Vaccine Injury and Compensation Act of 1986 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993,” it charges.

    “Under DC law the government gives parents the right to opt out on the one hand, and then sets up children to be pressured into surrendering that right on the other, with neither the parent nor the family’s physician being any the wiser,” Mason said, in a statement regarding the legal fight. “Sneaking behind the back of fit and loving parents will put DC’s children at risk.”

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    Mary Mire
    Mary Mire
    1 year ago

    The government needs to get out of our personal business. It should be the parent’s right to decide whether to get their children vacinnated or not. Our government should be a democracy not a dictatorship.

    1 year ago
    Reply to  Mary Mire

    Know what? The Supreme Court has already looked directly to the Constitution and ruled on this issue.

    In Jacobson v. Massachusetts SCOTUS ruled:

    “The liberty secured by the Constitution of the United States does not import an absolute right in each person to be at all times, and in all circumstances, wholly freed from restraint, nor is it an element in such liberty that one person, or a minority of persons residing in any community and enjoying the benefits of its local government, should have power to dominate the majority when supported in their action by the authority of the State.

    It is within the police power of a State to enact a compulsory vaccination law, and it is for the legislature, and not for the courts, to determine in the first instance whether vaccination is or is not the best mode for the prevention of smallpox and the protection of the public health.”

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