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US Supreme Court declines to block Indiana University’s vaccine mandate, preserving key precedent for compulsory Covid-19 jabs

RT | August 13, 2021

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from students who sought to strike down Indiana University’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate, leaving in place a potentially key legal precedent for forced inoculations.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett rejected the emergency request to hear the case on Thursday, meaning the high court won’t overturn rulings by an Indiana district court and the US Court of Appeals in Chicago, which upheld the mandate. There were no dissenting opinions cited from other Supreme Court justices.

The Indiana case marked the first legal challenge of a Covid-19 vaccine mandate to come before the Supreme Court. The decision may embolden other colleges and institutions that have considered requiring Covid-19 shots and comes at a time when a growing number of US businesses and schools are ordering such mandates.

Indiana University announced its vaccine order in May, affecting all students and faculty on campus. Eight students sued to block the mandate, saying it violated their right of bodily integrity and forced them to receive unwanted medical treatment. District and appellate court judges found that the university acted lawfully and in the legitimate interest of public health.

The students had argued that the mandate infringed their constitutional right to due process and alleged that risks associated with Covid-19 vaccines outweigh the benefits for healthy people in their age group. “Protection of others does not relieve our society from the central canon of medical ethics requiring voluntary and informed consent,” the lawsuit said.

The appellate court rejected the plaintiffs’ initial appeal, noting that they had other options, such as taking courses online, going to another school or applying for a medical or religious exemption. The court cited a 1905 case in which a Massachusetts mandate for a smallpox vaccine was upheld, at least partly on the basis that the government had a rational reason for ordering inoculations amid a health crisis.

Hundreds of US colleges and universities have imposed vaccine mandates, while some have waited to determine the legality of such orders. Still others have said their mandates are contingent on full FDA approval of one or more Covid-19 vaccines, inasmuch as the three jabs currently available in the US have received only emergency use authorization.

Thursday’s decision comes as a disappointment to conservatives who oppose vaccine mandates. Adding to the aggravation for some observers was the fact that the rejection was handed down by Barrett, the allegedly conservative justice who was appointed by then-President Donald Trump last fall.

“Her true colors have been exposed again,” one Twitter commenter said. “She’s not about protecting people in USA.”

August 12, 2021 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Science and Pseudo-Science | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. This is extremely depressing. How can this be happening?

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    Comment by Kathy | August 12, 2021 | Reply

  2. I would not have minded had SCOTUS chosen to address the matter fully and honorably, without a conservative-liberal schism. We are a nation in societal dysfunction. That bothers me endlessly across many tangents. IMO, the burgeoning omnipresence of the IT age — always metastasizing and spinning out of control, and of course for material gain — has a preponderant share of responsibility for the bifurcation…but who am I? A 77 yo has-been who’s pleased not to be young….

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    Comment by roberthstiver | August 12, 2021 | Reply

  3. This was to be expected: supreme court = elite / tptb / deep state.

    Why would they knock out themselves?

    We are plain silly if we continue to BELIEVE in the system.

    Three world leaders have objected and are now dead. The rest of them is still alive.

    The game is rigged and we are on our own.

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    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | August 13, 2021 | Reply


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