A Canadian judge has restricted a divorced father from visiting his own children over the man and his new partner’s vaccine status, dismissing the personal research he had conducted on one of the available COVID-19 vaccines.
The unidentified New Brunswick parents had been sharing joint custody of their children since their divorce in 2019, but last year, the mother requested a change to the agreement over the father’s vaccine status, The Epoch Times reported last week.
Justice Nathalie Godbout sided with the mother, suspending her ex-husband’s visitation rights with what she said was a “heavy heart,” citing the parents’ immunocompromised 10-year-old daughter as the chief concern.
“As the parents who are caring for [the child] 50 percent of the time, in close quarters, unmasked and unvaccinated, they are well-positioned to transmit the virus to [the child] should they contract it, this despite their best efforts,” the court ruling stated.
The father had presented his personal research on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which the judge said had little merit.
“His own anecdotal research on such a highly specialized topic carries little to no weight in the overall analysis when measured against the sound medical advice of our public health officials,” she noted in her ruling.
Godbout determined that the father may visit with his children only via Zoom until he gets vaccinated.
The Times notes that just weeks earlier, a Montreal judge also temporarily blocked an unvaccinated father from visiting his 12-year-old son, who was vaccinated.
“It would normally be in the child’s best interest to have contact with his father, but it is not in his best interest to have contact with him if he is not vaccinated and is opposed to health measures in the current epidemiological context,” Justice Sébastien Vaillancourt wrote in his ruling in late December.
The judge also characterized the father as a “conspiracy theorist” based on his social media posts.
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