A San Diego Unified School District student is suing over district policy requiring COVID-19 vaccination for students over the age of 16 as there is no religious exemption available for her.
She and her family, identified only as John, Jane, and Jill Doe in the suit, object to the alleged use of fetal cell lines in the development of the vaccine.
The suit was filed on October 22 in federal court and seeks to block the mandate, which allows for medical, but not religious or philosophical exemptions.
“The district approved a vaccine mandate plan last month, which requires that all students over age 16 receive their second dose no later than Dec. 20,” The Epoch Times reports.
“Unvaccinated students 16 years or older will be required to take part in remote learning via independent study,” they add.
The lawsuit states that as Jill Doe holds a religious objection to abortion, she does not wish to take a vaccine which the suit alleges was developed using fetal cell lines from aborted unborn children.
The district requirement compels Jill to “either abandon her faith or enroll in independent, online study at SDUSD,” the suit says.
Earlier this month, a local parent group, Let Them Choose, also filed a lawsuit claiming that the school district does not have the authority to require students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and that it’s mandate is “unnecessary, unlawful, violates students’ right to in-person education and discriminates between persons.”
On October 1, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all public and private school students over the age of 12 would be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in time to be fully inoculated by the start of the spring semester.
Students younger than 12 will be phased in once a vaccine for patients between the ages of 5-11 is granted emergency use authorization by the FDA.
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