All he wanted was to finish high school.
Because Jerome Kunkel objects to receiving vaccines that are developed or manufactured using the remains of aborted babies, the 18-year-old senior and basketball captain was told he could not attend school until 21 days passed since the last student or staff member at his school first presented with chicken pox.
This meant Kunkel was forced to miss his final term of classes and extracurricular activities at his Kentucky school, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy.
When the Northern Kentucky Health Department made the announcement that all under- or unvaccinated students could not return to school, Kunkel was furious.
“The fact that I can’t finish my senior year of basketball, like our last couple games, is pretty devastating. I mean you go through four years of high school, playing basketball, but you look forward to your senior year,” he said according to CNN.
Kentucky is one of 47 states which allow students to attend school and skip some or all state-required vaccines to which they object on sincere religious grounds. While religious exemptions to mandatory vaccines for schoolchildren prevent children and families from being deprived of an education on the basis of religion and medical history, that protection flies out the window the moment a student or staff member, vaccinated or not, contracts a vaccine-targeted illness.
Chris Wiest, Kunkel’s attorney, said he has been contacted by 18 other families in the same situation who felt they were discriminated against for their faith-based opposition to any vaccines which list aborted human byproducts such as MRC-5 or WI-38 in their ingredients.
However, the school and the health department stood their ground. In a statement regarding the lawsuit, the health department defended its actions as being “in direct response to a public health threat and was an appropriate and necessary response to prevent further spread of this contagious illness.”
Earlier this month, Boone County Circuit Judge James R. Schrand ruled in favor of the health department and denied Kunkel’s request to return to school activities, saying students who are not vaccinated can be banned from school and extracurricular activities.
After the ruling, Wiest said that Kunkel was “devastated”, along with about 30 other students affected by the health department’s ban.
Kunkle and his father, Bill, shared with WKRC their belief that the chickenpox vaccine is “immoral, illegal, and sinful.”
“Since 1973, Roe v. Wade to now, they’ve killed 60 million, butchered 60 million babies and they’re going to rub it in a Christian’s face by taking that vaccine and putting aborted baby cells in it and putting it in your body,” Bill Kunkle said.
As a staunchly pro-life Christian, Kunkel and those like him simply refuse to become the beneficiaries, however long after the fact, of abortion. No matter how the use of aborted baby parts is defended within the medical research industry, they simply will not cave to the lesser evil argument.
God bless them for their bravery and their refusal to roll over and accept this discrimination. The abortion industry will continue to thrive until more folks stand up against the institutions that support them—even the medical industry.
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