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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Petition Against Coercive Vaccine Mandates in New York State

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Petition Against Coercive Vaccine Mandates in New York State

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Dear New York State Bar Association,

Please reconsider the Health Law Task Force Report on COVID-19 that recklessly recommends that all New York State residents must receive mandatory vaccination “when the efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine has been confirmed.” This recommendation would violate citizens’ fundamental rights to bodily integrity, free exercise of religion, parental rights, informed consent, the right to refuse unwanted medical treatment and other constitutional rights. Such a mandate would sow distrust and meet overwhelming resistance.

Much has changed in science and law since 1905 when the Supreme Court upheld Massachusetts’s mandate against an epidemic “that imperiled an entire population.” The fatality rate from smallpox was 30%; COVID-19’s is closer to .2%. The Task Force misreads the law, imagining a blank check for states to impose mandates under police powers. But in fact states must meet criteria of necessity, proportionality, harm avoidance and non-discrimination. Precedents require courts to prevent arbitrary and oppressive mandates like the one the Task Force proposes.

NYSBA should adopt a more sensible and cautious approach at its general June 13 meeting. Consent, not coercion, is the only way to ensure public health.


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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.