A judge in the state of Kentucky issued a ruling against an unprotected Catholic student who sued his local health department for the prohibition of unvaccinated students from school and extracurricular activities in the context of a outbreak of smallpox
On April 2, judge James Shran of Boone County refused to file a preliminary ban that would allow the student, 1
The flash deteriorated at least 32 in the Dormition community and had the potential for further spread. Of the 240 Assumption students, only 18% received all vaccinations, according to the school's registrar.
In his suit, Kunkel, a senior and "important player" of the basketball team of boys at school, said that he opposed vaccination on religious grounds and argued in court that the prohibition violated his constitutional rights. In The Washington Post interview Father Kunkela, Bill, described the actions of the Health Department as "tyranny against our religion, our faith, our country."
The court disagrees – as well as his own religion. The essence of the Kunkel's argument against vaccination is that the vaccine against measles is "a derivative of aborted fetal cells," and the Catholic Church in general opposes abortion. There is some truth in their denial. Both available varicella vaccines (Varivax and ProQuad trademarks) use the weakened form of the virus that spreads in the cell line, called the MRC-5. This cell line developed from fetal pulmonary tissue of a 14-week fetus aborted for "mental causes" in 1966. Both forms of the vaccine may contain "residual components of MRC-5 cells, including DNA and protein," according to
From this, Kunkels concluded that the vaccine is immoral and should be completely rejected. But the Catholic Church does not agree, taking a more nuanced stance. In a 2005 statement on the subject, the Vatican noted its ethical objections to the methods of producing such vaccines and encouraged the use of alternatives wherever possible. But, in the end, the church came to the practical conclusion that when there are no alternatives, such vaccines are acceptable and necessary to "avoid a serious risk not only for their own children but also, more specifically, for health and well-being." ; According to the general population, especially for pregnant women, this argument is further supported by the fact that chicken pox can cause serious birth defects and, if it affects the end of pregnancy, is dangerous to the life of infections in newborns. [19659004NationalCenterOrthopedicBiologylyuyepozytsiyutserkvydiyshovshyvysnovku"Zdayetsyanemayenalezhnyhpidstavdlyavidmovyvidimunizatsiyiprotynebezpechnoyizaraznoyihvorobynaprykladkrasnuhyosoblyvovsvitlizanepokoyennyayakemyvsipovynnimatydlyazdorov'yanashyhditeyzdorov'yanaselennyaizahalnohoblaha"
When faced with the position of the church in the interview & # 39; S of post Bill Ku nkel gave a confusing answer: "It means nothing to me "he said." I adhere to the laws of the Church, and I know what is right and wrong. " Kunkel added that abortion is a moral absolute.
Judge Shrand stated in his ruling that Kunkel's case is unlikely to win, referring to legal precedents for
In a statement, the Department of Health said, writing:
We are satisfied with the careful and thorough review by the Court of evidence and legal issues that arise in this case. for health departments to preserve the security of the entire community, and especially the safety of those members of our community who are most susceptible to severe consequences when a serious, infectious disease, such as chicken pox, remains uncontrolled and uncontrolled