In a victory for parental rights and religious liberty, a federal judge blocked a D.C. law allowing schools to vaccinate children as young as 11 without parental consent.
The law, which passed in 2020, specifically targets children whose parents have objected to the vaccine by utilizing “a religious exemption.”
By allowing schools to send the treatment bill directly to the family’s insurance provider, and not allowing the insurance company to share an explanation of benefits with the family, the law is designed intentionally to deceive parents.
Additionally, the legislation forces healthcare professionals to falsify medical records by leaving the vaccination off of the child’s immunization record.
The two D.C. families who filed lawsuits claimed the law violated a number of rights, including parental rights to make medical decisions and the First Amendment right free exercise of religion.
“This preliminary injunction is part of ongoing litigation in an extremely important national precedent-setting case,” Rolf Hazlehurst, an attorney who argued in the case, said. “The rights of parents to decide what is best for their children’s health is at stake. Government can’t be allowed to make such decisions for minor children.”
Critics of the decision claimed this would prevent the district from achieving herd immunity.
Judge Trevor McFadden, the Trump appointee to the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, granted the injunction.
“Enjoining the MCA will not prevent children from being vaccinated. Nor will it prevent the District from continuing to advertise the importance of vaccines, incentivizing vaccinations, and setting up vaccine clinics in schools,” McFadden said. “The only impact will be that children will be unable to decide to get vaccinations without their parents’ consent.”