New York health workers ask Supreme Court to block state's vaccine mandate

Health care workers in New York have gone to the Supreme Court to challenge the state’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate, argumentando que viola sus derechos de libertad religiosa.

This challenge is nearly identical to a recent case brought by health care workers in Maine. La semana pasada, the court allowed Maine’s mandate to go forward over the objection of three justices.
The latest dispute is brought by a nurse, Diana Bono, who lost her job because she has religious objections to the mandate, as well as two others who say they face theimminent lossof their employment and a group called We The Patriots USA Inc.
    They are suing the state, arguing that while the mandate allows an exemption for those with medical objections, there is no exemption for people with religious objections.
      The nurses object to the vaccines because of their distant relation to fetal cell lines developed from abortions in the 1970s and 1980s.
        The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said last December in a note approved by Pope Francis that receiving the shot was morally permitted. “It is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process,” the note said.
        The nurses say they aredevout Christians” quién “object to deriving any benefitno matter how remotefrom a process involving abortion.
          New York’s mandate requires all state health care workers to receive the vaccine, and allows an exemption only for those with medical exemptions.
          A lawyer for the nurses said the mandate violates the First Amendment because it requires employers to terminate health care workers whorefuse a vaccine because of their religious beliefsbut offers an exemption to those workers who refuse based on a medical objection.
          El mes pasado, the Supreme Court denied a request to block the Maine rule, but the court’s right wingJustices Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alitodissented and would have halted the mandate while the appeals process plays out.
          Writing for his two conservative colleagues, Gorsuch pointed to the fact thatunlike comparable rules in most states,” Maine’s rule contained no exemption for those whosesincerely held religious beliefs preclude them from accepting the vaccine.
          He said that workerswho have served on the front line of a pandemic for the last 18 meses, are now being fired and their practices shuttered,” all foradhering to their constitutionally protected religious beliefs
            Él agregó: “Their plight is worthy of our attention.
            This story has been updated with additional details.

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