A state court in New York has upheld a recently passed law that ends religious exemptions for vaccinations.
Judge Denise Hartman of the New York State Supreme Court ruled in late August that the law does not infringe on religious freedom. In her ruling in F.F. v. State of New York, she noted that practices that endanger others may be curbed even if they are religious in nature, reported the news site Gothamist.
"For at least a century, the courts have repeatedly upheld the states' compulsory vaccination laws," Hartman wrote in her opinion. She quoted a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from 1944 that said, "[T]he right to practice religion does not include liberty to expose the community or the child to communicable disease or the latter to ill health or death."
New York legislators passed the law in June after an outbreak of measles in the state. A group of parents...