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Students Sue Indiana University Over COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Students Sue Indiana University Over COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

“In the complaint, the students say they feel they’re being coerced”

We’re going to see more of this at other schools in the coming months.

The Indy Star reports:

Indiana University students sue over COVID-19 vaccine requirement

A group of Indiana University students are suing over the school’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, eight students allege that the requirement that students, staff and faculty be vaccinated against the virus before returning to campus in the fall violates the Fourteenth Amendment, which includes rights of personal autonomy and bodily integrity and the right to reject medical treatment, and Indiana’s recently passed “vaccine passport” law.

The students say IU’s mandate is more than that. In the complaint, the students say they feel they’re being coerced into vaccination under “the threat of virtual expulsion from school.”

IU’s vaccine requirement came from recommendations put forth by the university’s “restart committee,” charged by IU President Michael McRobbie with getting campuses back to pre-pandemic operations. But the mandate has been embroiled in controversy since it was announced last month. State officials have called on the university to rescind the mandate; others have asked Gov. Eric Holcomb to block it. Attorney General Todd Rokita issued a public opinion that it violated state law.

The “vaccine passport” language was added to state law in the waning hours of the most recent legislative session. It prohibits the state or local units of government from mandating proof of vaccination as a condition for receiving services or employment. While lawmakers, at the time, said they did not see the law applying to schools, Rokita said it did extend to public institutions, including IU.

Responding to public pressure and Rokita’s opinion, university officials said earlier this month that the requirement would stand but documentation to prove vaccination status would no longer be required. Individuals simply have to certify their status through an online form.

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NorthernNewYorker | June 24, 2021 at 12:13 pm

From the Children’s Health Defense website:

This serves as notice that the requirement for any individual to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for employment or participation at a university or other institution violates federal law. All COVID-19 vaccines are merely authorized, not approved or licensed, by the federal government; they are Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)
only. They merely “may be effective.”

Federal law states: Title 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(e)(1)(A)(ii)(I-III) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act states: individuals to whom the product is administered are informed—
(I) that the Secretary has authorized the emergency use of the product;
(II) of the significant known and potential benefits and risks of such use, and of the extent to which such benefits and risks are unknown; and
(III) of the option to accept or refuse administration of the product, of the consequences, if any, of refusing administration of the product, and of the alternatives to the product that are available and of their benefits and risks.
EUA products are by definition experimental and thus require the right to refuse.

Under the Nuremberg Code, the foundation of ethical medicine, no one may be coerced to participate in a medical experiment. Consent of the individual is “absolutely essential.” A federal court held that the U.S. military could not mandate EUA vaccines to soldiers. Doe #1 v. Rumsfeld, 297 F.Supp.2d 119 (2003). The court held: “…the United States cannot demand that members of the armed forces also serve as guinea pigs for experimental drugs.” Id. at 135. No court has ever upheld a mandate for an EUA vaccine.

The liability for forced participation in a medical experiment, including injury or death, may be incalculable. Medical and religious exemptions will be insufficient to overcome the illegality of EUA vaccine mandates.

What I don’t understand is why more students are not doing this.

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