US supreme court limits ability of public-health authorities to require vaccines in their fight against childhood diseases
The US supreme court on Monday turned away a Catholic church case that challenged the New York state vaccine requirement that schools to immunize all students by a certain date.
A lower court has upheld the state requirement.
The lawsuit argued that religious authorities should have the right to decide whether their children would be vaccinated against diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella.
The plaintiffs are the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and 12 other individuals who were not members of a religious denomination who said the state mandate would force them to remove their children from school and abandon religious beliefs that required vaccines.
The plaintiffs said such mandates violated the religious rights of parents or guardians.
Lower courts previously ruled that the decision of whether or not to vaccinate must rest with parents, not the government.