In New York, a woman has won a legal battle to refuse a vaccine for her child because it was made from aborted baby body parts. The vaccine, MMR, is for measles, mumps and rubella and required by New York City schools for enrollment.
However, the woman was granted an exemption on religious grounds because she opposes abortion and the vaccine was used from “tissue” collected from them. The New York Post reports that the mother’s name has been withheld for privacy reasons.
As LifeNews previously reported, in July, The Center for Medical Progress released multiple videos showing Planned Parenthood’s top executives negotiating the sale of aborted babies, admitting to using altered abortion procedures to obtain salable body parts for harvesting and casually discussing “less crunchy” methods for procuring fetal “tissue.” The videos reignited debates about fetal tissue sales and sparked investigations into Planned Parenthood across the county. Shockingly, one of the newest videos catches the abortion company harvesting the brain of an aborted baby who was still alive.
The mother said the following about her decision to refuse the vaccine: “Abortion is clearly considered a mortal sin and is [an] abhorrent act to any Christian. The vaccine manufacturers’ use of aborted fetal cells in its products and research means that I cannot associate with them or support them financially (by buying their products), for such support would make me complicit to their sin and answerable to God for this violation.”
Mary Ellen, from the New York State Department of Education Commissioner said, “the weight of the evidence supports petitioner’s contentions that her opposition to the MMR vaccine stems from sincerely held religious beliefs,” but she also argued that the mother’s case is undermined by the fact she opposes all vaccinations, regardless of it aborted babies were used to create them.
The Director of Federal Reproductive Health Policies at the National Women’s Law Center, Sharon Levin, weighed in on the case and claimed it will open a “can of worms” just like the Hobby Lobby decision.
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She explained, “The woman in New York is not the first to argue that her child should not have to comply with the vaccination requirements because of religion. The danger of these exemptions for vaccinations is that one person is making a decision that impacts the health of other people’s children. Vaccination regulations are put into place to protect public health. When one person opts-out, they are making a decision for everyone else who comes into contact with their child.”
In 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby, a Christian-run store, doesn’t have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare and requires businesses to pay for abortifacents in their employee health care plans. Of course, abortion advocates said the decision violated women’s rights even though many Americans do not believe a private family-owned business should not have to pay for abortifacent drugs.