The standoff between those who don't wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who believe it should be mandatory apparently just got a lot more serious:
Here's the news article from Fox 32 Chicago:
A Chicago mother says a Cook County judge has taken away her parental rights after learning that she is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
In what all parties agree is a very unusual and perhaps unprecedented step, a judge at Chicago's Daley Center has stripped Rebecca Firlit of custody because she refuses to get a vaccination shot.
Now, like many people, you may be inherently skeptical of this sort of astonishing story. That's normal. But it's worth pointing out that not one but two lawyers are on record appearing to confirm the facts:
Annette Fernholz, Firlit's attorney, says the judge has overstepped his authority.
"In this case you have a judge, without any matter before him regarding the parenting time with the child deciding ‘Oh, you're not vaccinated. You don't get to see your child until you are vaccinated.' That kind of exceeds his jurisdiction," Fernholz said...
The attorney representing the father, Jeffrey Leving, says they were also surprised by the judge's decision, but they support the ruling saying that given the pandemic, the child should be protected from an unvaccinated mother.
"There are children who have died because of COVID. I think every child should be safe. And I agree that the mother should be vaccinated," Leving said.
It's a huge development, and one with profound implications for the months and years ahead. Stay tuned.
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