Children to be vaccinated against vegan mother’s wishes
April 6, 2017 6 comments
The High Court has declared that two young boys must be vaccinated against their vegan mother’s objections.
When they are old enough, the two children will now receive routine vaccinations against diseases such as measles, meningitis, polio, diphtheria, mumps and rubella.
Their mother told the Court that she fed her children “only natural products” and that their “bodies are as free of toxins as I can possibly make them”. She had allowed the older of the two boys to be vaccinated against some diseases but claimed he had developed a persistent cough and skin conditions like eczema as a result. Additionally, she objected to vaccinations because they were not vegan.
“[I]t goes against my beliefs for my children to be injected with something that is grown on animal cells or something that has been tested on animals.”
Her resistance to further vaccinations led the boys’ father to apply for a court order. He called the mother “obsessive, over-protective and narrow in her views”. He described her as someone who had “a suspicion of conventional medicinal methods” and was “even suspicious about the administration of something like Calpol”.
At the hearing in Lincoln, Judge Mark Rogers had “serious concerns as to [the mother’s] ability to look objectively and even-handedly” at this issue. He said that he was “truly sorry that [she] will regard the decision … as wrong” but his “objective duty is clear” and declared that the boys should indeed be vaccinated. The decision was made with the best interests of the children and the general public in mind, the Judge explained.
In February, Mr Justice MacDonald made a similar ruling when the London Borough of Barnet sought permission to vaccinate a seven month-old boy against his mother’s wishes. In that case, the Judge ruled that the balance or risk “plainly favours immunisation”.
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April 6, 2017
Categories: Family Law