Arbitrator sides with Ontario parent who refuses to immunize children, cites anti-vaccination ‘expert’

Mar 29, 2019 by

While the case was being heard, both children contracted whooping cough, one of the diseases covered by standard childhood vaccinations

TORONTO — A family law arbitrator has upheld an Ontario mother’s refusal to have her children vaccinated, citing a leading advocate in the U.S. anti-vaccination movement who claims vaccines do more harm than good.

An unnamed Canadian boy being vaccinated in 1959.Library and Archives Canada/National Film Board

Earlier this month, the Toronto-based arbitrator also directed the father — who had requested an order forcing the kids to be immunized — to pay $35,000 of his ex-wife’s legal costs.

“Choosing not to vaccinate is not illegal, negligent nor immoral. It is a personal choice,” wrote lawyer Herschel Fogelman in his arbitration decision last year. “I am unable to find any risk to (the children) if they remain unvaccinated. Further, I am satisfied on the evidence the vaccines may pose additional risk to them.”

In fact, while the case was being heard, both children contracted whooping cough — or pertussis — one of the diseases covered by standard childhood vaccinations. Arnaud Presti, the father, said his new partner was pregnant at the time, and had to receive a pertussis booster due to the potentially deadly effect whooping cough can have on newborns.

Though he’s not a judge, Fogelman’s decision is binding

Source: Arbitrator sides with Ontario parent who refuses to immunize children, cites anti-vaccination ‘expert’ | National Post

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