Parents sue DC over ‘reckless,’ ‘unconstitutional’ law to vaccinate kids without parental consent

By Emily Wood, Christian Post Reporter| Wednesday, July 14, 2021

A girl wears a face mask as students sit in a classroom of the Petri primary school in Dortmund, western Germany, on June 15, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. | AFP via Getty Images/Ina Fassbender

Parents in Washington, D.C., have filed a lawsuit against the District over a new law that allows officials to vaccinate children in public schools without parental consent, even if they have a religious objection.

The municipal regulation, known as the “Minor Consent to Vaccinations Act of 2020,” was passed by the council in a vote of 10-3 in November and went into effect on March 19. It enables children ages 11 and older to consent to a vaccine if they are deemed “capable of meeting the informed consent standard” and “… able to comprehend … significant risks ordinarily inherent in the medical care.”

Under the law, students can have vaccines administered to them without their parents’ knowledge because insurance providers are required to “seek reimbursement, without parental consent …”

Insurance companies are also prohibited from sending parents an “Explanation of Benefits” detailing the medical service their child received. Yet children will be given access to their immunization records “without parental consent.”

Children’s Health Defense and the Parental Rights Foundation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District for the District of Columbia on behalf of four parents who have religious objections to their children getting COVID-19 vaccinations and say the mandate is unconstitutional. 

“The D.C. Act is reckless, unconstitutional, and needlessly endangers children’s lives by stripping away parental protection and the protection of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986,” said Mary Holland, president and general counsel of the Children’s Health Defense, in a statement. 

“The Minor Consent Act subverts the right and duty of parents to make informed decisions about whether their children should receive vaccinations, by both depriving them of the opportunity to make those decisions and by concealing from parents that their children have been asked to consent to vaccinations or may have indeed been vaccinated,” the lawsuit claims. 

Officials named in the lawsuit against the District include: Mayor Muriel Bowser; Laquandra Nesbitt, the director of the Department of Health; and Lewis Ferebee, chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Though District of Columbia Public Schools is not requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before classes start in the fall, DCPS would be able to administer the vaccine to eligible children under the Minor Consent Act. 

The lawsuit also states that the Minor Consent Act creates two health records for students, such as for those whose parents have a religious exemption for the HPV vaccine. The immunization record available to parents is blank, while the child’s actual medical history, including vaccinations, is kept private from parents but is accessible to their children. 

“On its face, the Minor Consent Act circumvents parents’ decisions to claim a religious exemption pursuant to D.C.,” the lawsuit states. 

Ferebee, chancellor of the DCPS, sent an email to DCPS parents on May 14 saying it was their “responsibility” to get vaccinated if they want to see their children back in school. 

“While the COVID-19 vaccine is currently not required for students to attend school next year, we encourage all students age 12 and older and their parents and caregivers to get vaccinated,” the email from the chancellor read. 

“If you want to see students back in school, then it is our responsibility as a community for everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available to them. We are collaborating with local health officials to host vaccination clinics at our schools,” the email continued. 

In another email sent on June 1, Ferefee wrote: “The science is clear: Vaccines are the single most effective tool we have to stop the spread of the coronavirus. To help meet our commitment to fully reopen schools for every student, every day in the fall, it is our responsibility as a community to get vaccinated, including our middle school and high school students.”

Mary Cheh, a council member and sponsor of the Minor Consent Act, said before the District’s Committee on Health that “anti-science beliefs” of parents are putting their unvaccinated children at risk. 

“Unfortunately, we see a rising number of individuals or families across the globe, really, who are choosing not to vaccinate their children based on the widely disproven belief that vaccines may cause autism or other harmful health effects,” Cheh said.

“These anti-science beliefs not only put the unvaccinated children at risk, but have led to the spread of diseases that have been all but eradicated in the past,” she continued. 

DCPS opened walk-in vaccination clinics in four schools to offer the vaccine to anyone 12 years old and older. 

Bowser announced all schools in the District would be fully reopened for in-person learning, five days a week, for every student starting on Aug. 30.

Shanita Williams, one of the parents named in the lawsuit, said she fears she cannot send her two children back to school in the fall without subjecting her children to receive the vaccine, despite her religious objection to it. 

Another parent, Shameka Williams, worries her children will be pressured to “consent” to the vaccine. 

Reports are surfacing of adverse effects to the vaccine, especially in young adults and adolescents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now tracking cases of heart inflammation associated with the mRNA coronavirus vaccine. 

Dr. Robert Malone, an mRNA pioneer, has said he believes the “benefits probably don’t outweigh the risks” for younger Americans contemplating whether to get vaccinated.

The CDC released an update on Tuesday called “Reported Adverse Events” that lists anaphylaxis, thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, myocarditis and pericarditis, and reports of death as adverse but rare side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, which are not FDA-approved but authorized for emergency use.

Emily Wood is a reporter for The Christian Post. She can be reached at:


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9 thoughts on “Parents sue DC over ‘reckless,’ ‘unconstitutional’ law to vaccinate kids without parental consent”

  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:

    Absolutely praise Jesus Christ! Bless these folks for all they are doing and this should be the “tip of the spear” as I see it because “the whole concocted scheme by globalists” must be STOPPED in its tracks before they do more damage to the human population than they already have! This is a curse and scourge upon humanity being perpetrated by the most hideous evil mutant humans on earth, who are in my mind without a doubt, “demonically influenced or controlled!” This is the beginning of “Hell on Earth” happening right before our eyes, but I can’t stand to not be seeing massive numbers of people saying “NO” and fighting back “tooth and claw” as the saying goes; to survive and not allow this evil to be thrust upon them. Do we see even a fraction of the anger and push against all of this that we saw in the George Floyd “madness” over a thug, criminal, drug pushing addict? It seems like people can rise to the occasion for “stupid or the wrong causes” in a heartbeat but for what is Right and for their own Human Dignity or Freedom they are like limb wet noodles and sheeple!

    Here is a portion of a comment I just made to a contact in Australia a very good Christian woman; again in Lock-Down if you can believe it!

    “Sorry things are upside down in your world which varies depending on locale. What gets to me is how the human race can be so mesmerized and toss off their human rights so easily without any fight or big push back! I’ve read what honest top scientists and experts have been brave enough to come out and say about this global fiasco. We’re talking about a virus that has around a 99.98 survival rate and all the wearing masks or social distancing or lock-downs is bogus nonsense doing nothing but damaging people and societies as I see it! Did we ever see this strenuous a clampdown over the annual flu no matter what strain? Of course not and flu kills people every year just like a common cold can if the person is weak or has complicating factors.

    Then we have the issue of the unproven and unsafe vaccines (more probably like bio-weapons) that officials want all to take and are preparing to force upon anyone who resists it. Abortion is a freewheeling affair, even full term day of delivery, as the leftist liberals say “My Body My Choice,” but this injection into our bodies is suddenly “the begin all and end all and nobody has a choice?” “What is wrong with this picture” I ask myself every day and come up with the same answer so far. This is only “the work of Satan” and many powerful influential individuals are either demonically influenced or actually being possessed to act as useful puppets to prepare the human race for the biggest global catastrophe ever imagined; you can see what I’ve had to say about Biden lately who I am positive is one such cohort, no doubt with all of the sin and corruption he carries in his mad soul, I call him America’s man of perdition! Just the other day he suddenly was speaking quite lucid and without any sign of memory loss or difficulty of any kind; which to me was demonic force using him as an instrument! One expert in France said massive die-offs are going to come within a few years. Regardless of what the bottom line truth is I know I smell a huge rat in all of this propaganda being rammed into our heads!”

    My brother I don’t know what the answers are outside of all of us praying and being strong in our faith, but, I just don’t get it why millions of people aren’t getting riled up like I do and making massive counter efforts to this as in major demonstrations, peace marches and the like!

    I remain hopeful that people will “flip this ugly beast on its head” and put all those behind it where they belong; soon. If that won’t happen then we are all truly “up the creek without the proverbial paddle” as far as bringing sanity and normalcy back to our planet; and in that case I pray for Judgment, to be swift! Amen.
    God bless you and yours.
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III


      1. Hey this was an eye popper for me with great background and facts, but the ambition of these people was fantastic! Good work reporting and thank you!
        God bless you and yours!


      2. Thanks brother and as usual a very fine job; very compelling and helpful!
        Should catch you later but in case, make sure you have a good restful weekend!
        Blessings and grace.


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