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(LifeSiteNews) – In one of the most extreme cases yet of COVID-19 “safety” intruding on Americans’ personal lives, a New York judge is citing a man’s unvaccinated status as a basis to keep him from seeing his three-year-old daughter. 

“Here, in-person parental access by defendant is not in the child’s best interests, and there are exceptional circumstances that support its suspension,” Justice Matthew Cooper wrote in his October 7 ruling in the divorce and custody case, the New York Post reported

The ex-couple’s names have not been made public, but the ruling says the mother, with whom the child lives, supervises all visitations between her child and the father due to the father’s alleged “history of substance abuse and untreated mental health issues.” Notably, however, it was lack of COVID vaccination that prompted Cooper to suspend visitations entirely. 

“The dangers of voluntarily remaining unvaccinated during access with a child while the COVID-19 virus remains a threat to children’s health and safety cannot be understated,” the decision continued. “Unfortunately, and to my mind, incomprehensibly, a sizable minority, seizing upon misinformation, conspiracy theories, and muddled notions of ‘individual liberty,’ have refused all entreaties to be vaccinated.”

In order to see his daughter, the ruling requires the man to either get vaccinated or “present a weekly PCR test in addition to a biweekly antigen test within 24 hours of a scheduled visit,” the Post explained. 

While the mother’s attorney celebrated the decision, the father’s attorney, Lloyd Rosen, told the Post his client is no “conspiracy theorist … He has concerns about the vaccine. He’s heard about side effects. He once had a bad reaction to a flu vaccine.”

Notably, Rosen also said his client has already had COVID-19; numerous studies have found that immunity from prior infection is longer-lasting and more protective than vaccine-induced COVID immunity. Additionally, data show that children are at little-to-no risk from the virus.

In July, a team of researchers with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine “analyze[d] approximately 48,000 children under 18 diagnosed with Covid in health-insurance data from April to August 2020,” and found a “mortality rate of zero among children without a pre-existing medical condition such as leukemia.”

Across the nation, significant concerns remain about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, stemming largely from the fact that they were developed and released far faster than any previous vaccine.

Vaccine defenders note that the one-year development period was not starting from scratch but rather relied on years of prior research into mRNA technology; and that one of the innovations of the Trump administration’s “Operation Warp Speed” was conducting various aspects of the development process concurrently rather than sequentially, eliminating delays unrelated to safety. However, those factors do not fully account for the condensing of clinical trial phases — each of which can take anywhere from 1-3 years on their own — to just three months apiece. 

While cases of severe harm reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) after taking COVID shots represent less than one percent of total doses administered in the United States, a 2010 report submitted to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) warned that VAERS caught “fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events.” May reporting from NBC News quotes several mainstream experts acknowledging “gaps” in federal vaccine monitoring.

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