Update (2000ET): This is going to take some serious cognitive dissonance – the most pro-choice of Supreme Court Justices just refused to block NYC’s teachers’ vaccine mandate that stands in direct contradiction of the ‘my body, my choice’ doctrine when it comes to medical intervention.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor – who is responsible for emergency matters originating from New York – refused to block a requirement that all of New York City’s public school teachers and employees be vaccinated, specifically denying a challenge by a group of teachers and teaching assistants who sought to halt the city’s vaccine mandate while litigation over the dispute continues in lower courts.
Among the most liberal of the Justices, Sotomayor rejected the emergency request without providing an explanation.
She also did not refer the case to the full nine-member court for review.
Teachers were ordered to be vaccinated by 5 pm today or face being placed on unpaid leave until September 2022.
This marks the second time the court has refused to take up a vaccine mandate case. The first one was from a group of students who sued Indiana University over its vaccine requirements.
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As The Epoch Times’ Zachary Stieber detailed earlier, a group of teachers on Thursday filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court, asking justices to block New York City’s school COVID-19 vaccine mandate.