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Comey Barrett Supports University Requiring Student COVID Vax

August 12, 2021

On Friday, August 06, 2021, students at Indiana University appealed to Supreme Court Justice Amy Comey Barrett to grant an emergency request to block the university’s COVID vaccine requirement for its students.

The asked for “relief” by Friday, August 13, 2021.

Comey Barrett did not take the full week to respond. As noted on Twitter by Amy Howe of the SCOTUS blog:

Rejected without referring to the full Court. End of story.

Here’s some of the backstory, as reported by Howe on August 06, 2021:

Indiana University announced the rule on May 21. It requires all faculty, students and staff to be vaccinated unless they qualify for an exemption, such as having a medical reason not to get the vaccine or a religious objection. The students say that a failure to take the vaccine, which has not yet received full approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration, will result in “strong consequences” that “amount to virtual expulsion,” including having class registration canceled.

In their 31-page filing in the Supreme Court, the students – represented by James Bopp, the conservative lawyer who brought the landmark campaign-finance case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission – argue that they must give up their constitutional rights to “bodily integrity, autonomy, and medical choice” and “comply with Indiana University’s mandate” so that they can “receive a government benefit (matriculating at IU).” The students urge the justices to step in to address these issues and provide the lower courts with guidance for what they predict will be a “flood of COVID vaccine mandate-related cases.”

Howe continues with noting that the student request for a court order blocking Indiana University’s vaccine mandate was denied by a district judge on July 18, 2021, and by a three-judge panel in the 7th Circuit Court on Monday, August 02, 2021.

And now, on Thursday, August 12, 2021, Comey Barrett wouldn’t hear of it. Literally.

Get your shots, guys.

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One Comment
  1. Ellen Lubic permalink

    Never thought I would be thanking Coney-Barrett for any SCOTUS decision…but she did the right thing with this issue.

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