This past Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York officially put a temporary block on Kathy Hochul’s, the Democratic Governor of New York, order that tried to mandate that all health care works are required by law to get the vaccine against COVID-19.
Represented by the Thomas More Society, a group of health care workers put forth a lawsuit against the state to argue that their Constitutional rights had been violated when the state forced a vaccination mandate that barred all religious exemptions.
David Hurd, the judge overseeing the issue, put out the order giving Hochul administration “until Sept. 22 to respond to the lawsuit in federal court in Utica,” reported ABC News. “If the state opposes the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary court order blocking the vaccine mandate, a Sept. 28 oral hearing will occur.”
Back on August 16th, the now-resigned Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, put out an announcement that stated that all healthcare workers in the state of New York, inclusive of all staff at hospitals and all long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, adult care facilities, and multiple other congregate care settings, are to now require the receipt of the COVID-19 vaccination
The Thomas More Society put forth the argument that the mandate “attempts to nullify protections for sincere religious beliefs granted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, even though days earlier the state of New York had afforded protection for religious beliefs in its prior health order.”
The Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society, Attorney Christopher Ferrara, labelled the move “a brazen power grab by people who think they can get away with anything.”
“What New York is attempting to do is slam shut an escape hatch from an unconstitutional vaccine mandate,” he continued. “And they are doing this while, knowing that many people have sincere religious objections to vaccines that were tested, developed, or produced with cell lines derived from aborted children.”
“These plaintiffs are not – I repeat – not anti-vaxxers, as the fake news media calls them,” emphasized Ferrara. “They are in fact in favour of voluntary vaccination with informed consent, but they oppose jack-booted coercion by the state to take a vaccine their religion forbids them to take. This is America, not Red China.”
“Without court intervention,” warned the attorney before Judge Hurd put out his order, “these health professionals face loss of occupation, professional status, and employability anywhere in the state of New York. All because of an abortion-connected vaccine, one that they cannot take in good conscience.”
Seemingly in response to Judge Hurd’s declaration, Hazel Crampton-Hays, the Hochul press secretary, put forth the argument that the mandate “is critical” to the “battle” against the spread of COVID-19
“Governor Hochul is doing everything in her power to protect New Yorkers and combat the Delta variant by increasing vaccine rates across the State,” stated Crampton-Hays. “Requiring vaccination of health care workers is critical to this battle.”