Controversial politician Robert F Kennedy Jr. complains to New York about the state's recent decision to make vaccines mandatory in the midst of the massive outbreak of measles, despite the insistence of his family that the ideas of the environmental lawyer are & tragically wrong & # 39 ;.
Kennedy is an outspoken anti-vaxxer who has written extensively on such widespread ideas as accusing vaccines for anxiety and depression in teenagers and mercury in the recordings for poisoning and deaths.
In his latest vaccine attack, Kennedy, alongside lawyer Michael Sussman, filed a class action lawsuit against the state Wednesday on behalf of 55 families, claiming that the vaccine mandate violates religious freedoms.
Meanwhile, 986 measles cases – which can be prevented with the BMR vaccine – have been confirmed in the state, mostly among unvaccinated, islandless religious communities.
Robert F Kennedy Jr., an outspoken anti-vaxxer and environmental lawyer, has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 55 New York families who claim that the new legislation prohibiting vaccine exemptions violates their religious rights, despite 986 measles cases in New York
While anti-vaccination sentiments are wrinkling throughout the nation, the US is facing the worse measles outbreak that will be observed in 25 years.
Struggling to stop the spread of the highly contagious disease, New York quickly urged a new law that forced all school children to get their shots by the state legislator last month.
The new legislation abolished the state's religious exemption for shots, a measure similar to that taken by Maine in May this year.
Its passage meant that about 26,000 New York children who had been granted redundancies were no longer immune to immunization.
The move came after New York Mayor Bill De Blasio declared a state of emergency and handed out $ 1,000 fines to families who refused to vaccinate their children.
Parents of three unvaccinated children were hit with such fines.
In April, five parents appealed against the city's health department. They claimed that it was beyond her rights to force them to take their children for admissions.
Now Kennedy, an environmental lawyer, and Sussman, who won a case about the original religious exemption exemption from Rockland County, have filed a class action lawsuit at the New York Supreme Court in Albany.
They claim that the religious prohibition of exemption impedes the right to first change of freedom of religion.
In a statement accompanying the application, Sussman said that the state deprives families of the rights to freedom of religious expression, does not meet the criteria for abolishing the exception and acts with & # 39; hostility to religions.
Kennedy, coincidentally the former brother-in-law of New York, Andrew Cuomo, called the movement & # 39; unconstitutional & # 39 ;.
& # 39; To enact such harsh legislation without legislative facts, and with the legislators' openly displaying prejudices about religious beliefs other than their own, is simply un-American; it is essential that we combat this, & he said.
In this case he is concerned about religious freedom.
But in the past it was fairly explicit that he himself tackled the problem with vaccines.
Kennedy tweeted recent statistics on teenage depression and anxiety in March and asked, rhetorically: & should we not ask whether these trends are related to the neurotoxic aluminum we give children in the Gardasil vaccine? & # 39;
Even Kennedy's sister, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's brother, Joseph P Kennedy II, and his cousin, Maeve Kennedy McKean, have rejected his vaccination crusade and his views & # 39; tragically wrong & # 39; mentioned in a Politico election.
Kennedy also heard his objections at a Washington hearing on the prohibition of exemption from philosophical vaccines, which arose after the measles' own outbreak made more than 80 people, especially children, sick.
On the steps of the courthouse yesterday, Kennedy had fervent words about the religious prohibition of exemption in New York.
& # 39; In this case there is no science, but bigotry, & # 39; he said, according to reports from the New York Daily News.
Kennedy and Sussman have requested that the state issue a temporary order to honor the exemptions and protect the plaintiffs against fines while the trial is pending.
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