WALTON, Ky. (AP) – An unvaccinated student in a school trying to contain a chickenpox outbreak goes to court because he has been prevented from participating in extracurricular activities.
According to news agencies, Jerome Kunkle, an 18-year-old student, accuses the Northern Kentucky Health Department of violating his First Amendment rights.
More than 30 students from the Our Lady of Assumption Academy have fallen ill since February. The department said Friday that students without evidence of vaccination or immunization against chickenpox can only go to school or its activities 21 days after the last infection.
Kunkle and his father, Bill, say vaccines violate their religious beliefs because cell lines derived from aborted fetuses are involved in their production.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center says that these vaccines do not contain aborted cells, so Catholics are "morally free" to use them to protect human life.