Utica, NY (AP) – A federal judge temporarily blocked New York state Tuesday from forcing medical workers to vaccinate after a group of health care workers filed a lawsuit, saying their constitutional rights were violated because The state mandate had rejected religious exemptions.
Judge David Hurd in Utica issued the order after 17 health professionals, including doctors and nurses, claimed in a lawsuit Monday that their rights had been violated with a vaccine mandate that denied exemptions.
The judge gave the state of New York until September 22 to respond to the lawsuit in federal court in Utica. If the state opposes plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary court order blocking the vaccine mandate, an oral hearing will take place on September 28.
The state issued the order on August 28, requiring at least the first pill for health care workers in hospitals and nursing homes by September 27.
In their lawsuit, health care professionals hid their identities with pseudonyms such as “Dr A,” “Nurse A,” and “Physician Liaison X.”
He cited violations of the New York state human rights law and the New York City human rights law, as well as the U.S. Constitution, as the state’s health department requiring workers to receive the vaccine “with no exemptions for conscientious religious beliefs that deny force to do”. of such vaccinations.”
Court papers state that all available vaccines employ aborted embryonic cell lines in their testing, development or production.
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The lawsuit states that the plaintiffs wanted to proceed anonymously because they “run the risk of being humiliated, threats of harm, immediate firing and other retaliatory consequences if their names become known.”
The lawsuit states that the plaintiffs, all Christians, included contact with a practicing doctor, nurse, a nuclear medicine technologist, a cognitive rehabilitation therapist, and a physician, all of whom would, in the case of religious belief, have no medical association in abortion. oppose.
It states that they are not “anti-vaxxers” who oppose all vaccines.
Messages seeking comment were sent to lawyers for the Thomas More Society who filed the lawsuit, the New York State Department of Health and the New York governor’s office. The state attorney general’s office sent questions to the health department.