Lawsuit defends parental authority as school opening looms

Monday, July 19, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

getting a vaccination vaccine injectionParents of children who attend public schools in the nation’s capital are suing to stop bureaucrats from using a city ordinance to force their children to get the COVID-19 jab, without parental permission, when they return to classes next month.

The "Minor Consent to Vaccinations Act of 2020,” which went into effect March 19 in D.C., covers any vaccination recommended by an advisory committee on immunization shots.

"That's about 15 different vaccines,” advises Rolf Hazlehurst, senior staff attorney at Children's Health Defense, “and now it also includes the COVID-19 vaccine."

District of Columbia Public Schools are set to open August 30.

According to CHD, which has studied the ordinance, students 11 and older can consent to vaccine shots without parental knowledge and consent.

On behalf of four parents, Children's Health Defense has filed a motion for immediate injunctive relief.

"There is no guarantee that we get a hearing,” the CHD attorney says, “but we believe that we will get an oral argument on the motion for injunctive relief prior to school starting August 30th.”

Hazlehurt adds the D.C. ordinance is the “most severe” abuse of a vaccination law Children’s Health Defense has ever witnessed.

One News Now reported in a July 18 story that defendants named in the lawsuit are Mayor Muriel Bowser; Department of Health Director Laquandra Nesbitt; and Lewis Ferebee, chancellor for the District of Columbia Public Schools.

In a May 14 email to parents, Ferebee insisted that it is “our responsibility as a community for everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccine…”

The same email announced the school district was collaborating with medical officials to set up “vaccination clinics” at the schools.

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