Lawsuit filed to overturn repeal of religious exemption for vaccinations in New York State

55 familes file lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in an attempt to repeal the recent legislation that removed the religious exemption as a reason to opt out of vaccinations.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 12:02 AM

Albany, N.Y. - A lawsuit was filed in New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday in an attempt to repeal what Governor Cuomo signed into law last month, removing religious exemptions as a reason to opt out of vaccinations.

Two attorneys spoke on behalf of 55 families who traveled to Albany on Wednesday from all over the state to file the lawsuit.

The families involved in the legal action previously held legal exemptions to the vaccination rule.

They say it's clear the decision to remove the religious exemption was rushed.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy from the Albany area co-sponsored the bill after this year's measles outbreak in New York City.

Fahy says she understands why some people are hesitant to vaccinate their children but she says the move was necessary for safety if the general public, "What really drove this home for me is when the world health organization came out and he said because of the vaccine hesitancy in this country we were at risk of an epidemic."

The judge has given the New York State Attorney General's office until the end of the day on Thursday to file their response to the lawsuit

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