Anti-vaxxer Robert F Kennedy Jr sues New York over religious exemption ban

Controversial politician Robert F Kennedy Jr is suing New York over the state's recent decision to make vaccines mandatory amid its massive measles outbreak, despite his family's insistence the environmental lawyer's ideas are 'tragically wrong.' 

Kennedy is an outspoken anti-vaxxer who has written extensively on such widely dispelled notions as blaming vaccines for teen anxiety and depression and mercury in the shots for poisonings and deaths. 

In his latest attack on vaccines, Kennedy, alongside lawyer Michael Sussman, filed a class action lawsuit against the state Wednesday on behalf of 55 families, claiming that the vaccine mandate flies in the face of religious liberties. 

Meanwhile, 986 cases of measles - which is preventable with the MMR vaccine - have been confirmed in the state, mostly among unvaccinated, insular religious communities. 

Robert F Kennedy Jr, an outspoken anti-vaxxer and environmental lawyer has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 55 New York families claiming the state's new legislation banning vaccine exemptions violates their religious rights, despite New York's 986 measles cases

Robert F Kennedy Jr, an outspoken anti-vaxxer and environmental lawyer has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 55 New York families claiming the state's new legislation banning vaccine exemptions violates their religious rights, despite New York's 986 measles cases

As anti-vaccination sentiments ripple through the nation, the US is facing the worse measles outbreak its seen in 25 years.

Struggling to stem the spread of the highly-contagious disease, New York quickly pushed a new law requiring all schoolchildren to get their shots through the state legislature last month. 

The new legislation did away with the state's religious exemption to shots, a measure similar to one taken by Maine in May of this year. 

Its passage meant that some 26,000 New York children who had been granted shot exemptions were no longer immune to immunization.  

The move came after New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio declared a state of emergency and threatened $1,000 fines to any families that refused to vaccinate their children. 

Parents of three unvaccinated children have been slapped with such fines. 

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