Prominent Anti-Vax Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Jr filed a lawsuit on behalf of 55 families in an attempt to overturn a new law that eliminated religious exemptions for vaccines. The lawsuit filed in Albany, New York hopes to stop the law from going into effect.
At Albany County Supreme Court, Robert F. Kennedy Jr filed the lawsuit along with attorney Michael Sussman. The two men were joined by dozens of parents protesting the new law.
Last month New York passed a law requiring all school-aged children to be vaccinated regardless of their parents religious or philosophical beliefs. The law was in response to a measles outbreak in two New York counties that have remained uncontained for months. Outbreaks in New York City and Rockland County have spread in ultra-Orthodox Jewish Communities.
Despite the Jewish faith not having opposition to vaccines, a sect of ultra-Orthodox Jewish people have become wrongly convinced that vaccines cause autism. As a result, many in the community refuse to vaccinate their children.
New York public health officials have tried numerous measures to end the outbreak with little success. Last spring New York City enforced a $1,000.00 fine to families that failed to vaccinate their children. Despite the threat of fines, families remained committed to not vaccinating their children.
As a result, state lawmakers took a more permanent step by passing a law that requires school-aged children to obtain vaccinations before they enter school. When the law passed, hundreds of anti-vaxxers protested outside the State Capital.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr is a leader in the anti-vaccine movement. Kennedy is the author of multiple books that discuss issues with vaccines. Additionally, he spreads misinformation that vaccines contain toxins that cause death and autism in children. Kennedy’s family denounced him in May for contributing to vaccine misinformation in the United States.
In a statement to the Daily News, Kennedy said,
“There are protocols in New York State dealing with the measles outbreak and those protocols were never used, instead they used the legislature to jam through a bill abolishing religious exemptions, not just for the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), but for 70 other vaccinations that have nothing to do with measles.”
He continued, “In this case, there is no science, just bigotry.”
Attorney Michael Sussman said,
Justice Michel Mackey said he will issue a ruling on the request for a temporary restraining order on Friday after the Attorney General Letitia James has time to file paperwork.
Many anti-vaxxers believe that there is a government conspiracy that the FDA, CDC, and Federal Government are withholding critical information about vaccine safety. Additionally, they believe that vaccines contribute to autism, death, and injuries despite hundreds of studies proving otherwise.
In the face of mounting scientific evidence that proves vaccine safety and efficiency, the anti-vaxxers prefer to believe pseudoscientific anecdotes about vaccines.