Choosing whether or not to vaccinate is a steaming hot button issue these days. But let's forget about the health issues for a moment. There may be additional risks involved when making the choice not to vaccinate -- like whether or not your kid will be allowed into school.
Vivian Manning-Schaffel: The New York Post reports that a couple in New York City's northern suburbs are steaming mad because the archdiocese turned down their request for a religious exemption in admitting their four-year old partially vaccinated daughter to the St. Margaret School in Pearl River.
The irony of this situation is that the couple chose not to vaccinate because of their devout belief in Catholicism. The article says the parents "hold sincere and genuine religious beliefs, based upon Christian doctrine and Christian teachings that are contrary to vaccinating, that prevent them from injecting diseases into their bodies."
They also cite their beliefs in their objection to how some of these vaccines were created. Initially, the little girl's father halted her shots because vaccinating "felt wrong." But after poking around, he learned some of the vaccines were, "grown in cell cultures that were obtained from two human fetuses that were aborted in 1964 and 1970." Her mom claims in an affidavit: "I am pro-life and have sincere and genuine religious beliefs that are contrary to vaccinating because aborted fetal cells are used in vaccinations."
Be this as it may, the school still isn't budging. Joe Zwilling, a spokesperson for the archdiocese said, "For the safety and well-being of our students and school communities, we do have a policy that all students receive vaccinations. All of our parents agree to this as a condition to sending their child to one of our schools."
Yikes, this is a loaded debate! What do you guys think? Should the little girl be able to go to this school if she isn't vaccinated? Or is it within the school's rights to say nay?
|Vivian Manning-Schaffel has written for Babble, Parenting, The Advocate, The New York Post, Business Week and a variety of other publications and lives and works in the heart of breeder Brooklyn with her husband and two kids. She authors two pop culture blogs: The Mad Mom and A Hag Supreme, and is on the web at vivianmanningschaffel.com.|