December 05, 2019

Judge Denies Claim that Missouri’s Religious Exemption for Vaccination Form is Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Missouri has rejected a claim made by a student at a Kansas City charter school that Missouri’s official form for a religious exemption from vaccination violated his rights to religious freedom under the First Amendment. The student plaintiff objected to the wording of the form encouraging immunization, arguing that it was “compelled speech.” The judge rejected the claim, finding that the modest encouragement for immunization was sufficiently separated from the section allowing parents to opt out for religious beliefs.