Supreme Court Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh were silent in response to a case by New York doctors and nurses who sought relief from a COVID-19 vaccine mandate because it did not include a religious exception.
— National Review (@NRO) December 14, 2021
The religious exemption is largely based on concerns related to the use of fetal tissue in the making of vaccines, an action opposed by many pro-life Christians and others.
Because the mandate allows a medical exemption but not one on religious grounds, the case argued the mandate was a violation of the First Amendment.
Despite a 6 to 3 conservative majority in the court, the case was turned down. Both Barrett and Kavanaugh failed to write that they opposed the mandate.
“The rebuff follows a similar rejection in a Maine case in October,” Larson wrote.
The Supreme Court left in force New York’s rule that health-care workers be vaccinated, refusing to order exemptions for 20 providers who say they object to the shot on religious grounds. The rebuff follows a similar rejection in a Maine case in October. https://t.co/0gZEKri5Qh
— Erik Larson (@eelarson) December 13, 2021
Other cases opposing vaccine mandates continue, but the lack of support from conservative justices has many Americans concerned.