Teen fights vaccination for sexually transmitted virus
Lawyers say forcing treatment violates her religious rights
Posted: November 12, 2009
By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
A teenager is entitled to an exemption from a federal requirement that she be given a vaccine against a sexually transmitted , because she is a Christian and holds the religious conviction that she must abstain from sex until marriage, according to a brief filed in support of her decision.
The arguments come in a brief filed in support of Simone Davis in her fight with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service by the Alliance Defense Fund.
“Christians shouldn’t be forced to violate their faith in order to gain U.S. citizenship,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster. “Requiring a young girl to choose between her beliefs and legal citizenship is a clear violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which prevents the government from putting a substantial burden on a person’s religious beliefs except under extreme circumstances.
“She has met all of the other legal requirements for permanent resident status and has a loving home already in place, but the federal government would apparently prefer to return this girl to abandonment,” he said.
Comment from Leslie
Just a minor detail – HPV can be transmitted non-sexually – oh, yes the studies are there. So this will be an interesting court case to watch. Does she win on religious reason and Pharma lose? Or will Pharama’s attorneys come out and say that oh – we forgot to mention that HPV can be passed through mother/infant transmission – Two research papers on this on this under “Resources”