Mom asks immunization exemption for daughter for religious reasons

Woman describes her faith as Bapticostal: a blend of Baptist and Pentecostal doctrine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia mother says it would be sacrilege and a health risk to immunize her daughter against childhood diseases, and she wants a federal judge to order public school officials to admit her without the required shots.

Jennifer Workman said vaccinating her 6-year-old daughter Madison goes against her religious beliefs.

“I sincerely believe that (it) is wrong to immunize and that it is a sacrilege,” Workman said in her lawsuit filed April 1 in the Southern District of U.S. District Court. She describes her faith as Bapticostal: a blend of Baptist and Pentecostal doctrine.

Workman also said she’s concerned that Madison could develop autism because Madison’s 13-year-old sister Susanna was diagnosed with atypical autism and other health issues soon after she was immunized.

Until a ruling is issued, Workman is home-schooling her daughters.

West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources says the Mingo County mother’s lawsuit is asking the court to order it to break the law.

The state law requiring all school children to be immunized against diphtheria, polio, measles, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough does not allow a religious exemption, the department’s attorney, Charlene A. Vaughan argues. West Virginia is one of only two states that do not allow religious or philosophical exemptions. The other is Mississippi.
[…]

West Virginia allows parents to seek medical exemptions to vaccines when a doctor verifies that a specific medical condition makes it unwise to receive inoculations.
[…]

Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin set the case for trial on July 6.

– Source / Full Story: W.Va. mom asks immunization exemption for daughter, AP via the Charleston Daily Mail, May 13, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
Vacation? Short break? Day trip? Get Skip-the-line tickets at GetYourGuide.

Source

(Listed if other than Religion News Blog, or if not shown above)

Religion News Blog posted this on Saturday May 16, 2009.
Last updated if a date shows here:

   

More About This Subject

AFFILIATE LINKS

Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission -- at no additional cost to you -- for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate, Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this research service free of charge.

Speaking of which: One way in which you can support us — at no additional cost to you — is by shopping at Amazon.com.