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Pissed Off Parents Take On Archdiocese

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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.

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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?



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13 comments so far | Post a comment now
Rachel December 30, 2009, 3:21 PM

A private school that receives no federal funding is well within its rights to deny admission in a case like this. A private school can deny whoever they want, really.

Anonymous December 30, 2009, 3:26 PM

I think the school is well within its right to decide who can attend and who can’t.

kenneth December 30, 2009, 3:42 PM

They got turned down because it was such a shabby excuse that it insulted their intelligence. You can’t cite religious reasons to authorities who know for a fact there is nothing in Catholic theology which prohibits, or even discourages vaccinations.

Michelle @ doudoubebe.com December 30, 2009, 6:50 PM

It’s pretty amazing to me that this is still a debate in the US. In Canada, we have a long established right to informed consent for medical treatment - which necessarily includes the right to refuse “treatment” (except in really extraordinary circumstances). Private organizations are as bound by that right as public ones. The big question is why parents would choose to send their child to an institution that so easily and completely dismisses their authority.

Dayngr December 30, 2009, 9:53 PM

I’m with Michelle who said “The big question is why parents would choose to send their child to an institution that so easily and completely dismisses their authority.”

I don’t think anyone should have the right to tell a parent what they should put into their child’s body.

Chrissy December 30, 2009, 11:47 PM

Even public schools bar unvaccianted children from attending.

Anonymous December 31, 2009, 9:34 AM

All it takes is for that one unvaccinated kid to get sick and the whole school gets sick. BRAIN DEAD parents!

Pamala January 1, 2010, 4:46 PM

Private organization, they can do what they want. I find it highly funny they would site the religion itself as the reason for not doing it when the religion has no rules against it. The head of the school must have looked at it and thought they were just trying to get around the “rules”.
Glad they denied them. I’d sure not want my child going to school with an unvaccinated child.

mercaties January 4, 2010, 3:30 PM

Sorry, I wouldn’t want my child going to school with unvaccinated kids.

Emily January 6, 2010, 12:16 AM

To everyone afraid of their vaccinated children being exposed to the non-vaccinated, why would you be afraid if you believe the vaccines are so effective?
Every state has exemptions for either medical, religious, or philosophical reasons. So, it’s not a requirement to get the vaccine as long as you can provide one of these forms.
I’m not surprised that this Catholic school is hypocritical. Abortion is wrong, unless we say it is ok. That’s what they’re saying by turning down this particular exemption.

theresa January 8, 2010, 10:49 PM

I think our children are over- vaccinated.Do the research and you will
learn that the children today are
suffering from many chronic diseases
which are linked to vaccinations.
Doctors are quick to vaccinate without
checking the statistics for effectiveness of certain vaccines.
Parents, use your computer to do the
research.

Jonathon  May 2, 2010, 7:32 AM

Why not let these kids go to school with vaccinated children? If vaccines really work then all the vaccinated kids should not get sick from anything right?

They have immunity forever!

Think about that!

Jonathon  May 2, 2010, 7:33 AM

Why not let these kids go to school with vaccinated children? If vaccines really work then all the vaccinated kids should not get sick from anything right?

They have immunity forever!

Think about that!


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