4 Missouri families sue over state vaccination requirements

The families allege in a lawsuit that the children’s schools and state health officials have made it increasingly difficult to file religious exemptions.

Associated Press
September 19, 2019 - 10:46 am
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KFTK/AP) — Four Missouri families who don’t want to vaccinate their children allege in a lawsuit that the children’s schools and state health officials have made it increasingly difficult to file religious exemptions.

The Kansas City Star reports that a federal judge has already ruled that one of the unvaccinated students may continue going to a charter school in Kansas City while the case continues. The child’s grandfather, Linus Baker, of Stilwell, Kansas, is representing his grandson’s family as well as families from Bates, Christian and Miller counties. Baker also sued last month in Kansas to keep from having to vaccinate his 4-year-old son.

The lawsuit says exemptions are harder to get, with parents required to fill out a form provided by the health department.

The complaint alleges the parents felt dissuaded from filing an exemption form because of the language included on it that warns of the dangers of not being vaccinated, according to the Star. Baker asserted the process translates to the parents' religious freedom being subject to government approval.

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He says, “The agency has gone rogue.”

“So basically (the health department) is saying that we’ve got this form and we’re going to write out your objection. We’re going to state it for you. You don’t get to write it the way you want,” Baker told the Star. “And in that, (the health department) is going to put a message in there about how they think vaccinations are OK, and that by exercising your religion, you’re putting everybody in jeopardy, including your own child.”

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