Lawsuit brought against CU Anschutz School of Medicine for a vaccination warrant.
A Catholic doctor and a Buddhist student have filed a federal lawsuit against the Anschutz School of Medicine at the University of Colorado to oppose the school’s mandatory vaccine because of their religious beliefs and practices.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in US District Court in Denver, claims the medical school exercises “overt religious discrimination” against plaintiffs, resulting in “direct threat” and “undue hardship.”
The lawsuit was filed by Thomas More Society (TMS) attorneys on behalf of the couple, who remain anonymous and are identified as Jane Doe, MD, and John Doe.
The Catholic pediatrician, who works at the Colorado Springs Children’s Hospital and is employed by the university, faces “impending dismissal due to her refusal to be vaccinated against Covid,” according to a press release from TMS. The lawsuit asks for “an immediate temporary injunction and a preliminary injunction” to stop the adverse actions against the doctor.
The student, a devout Buddhist, was “kicked out of his freshman program at the school for his religious objection to the Covid vaccine,” according to the complaint.
Dr. Jane Doe holds an MA in Catholic Bioethics. “Due to the dependence of the Covid vaccination on fetal cell strains derived from aborted fetal tissue, under development or testing, she believes receiving the vaccine would violate her deeply held religious beliefs that abortion is a serious sin, ”according to the complaint.
John Doe “avoids products developed by killing or injuring animals (including humans) as he seeks to live a life that conforms to the” five precepts “of Buddhism,” says the complaint.
The two plaintiffs claim that the university violates their right to freedom of religion under the First Constitutional Amendment.
Other legal proceedings related to COVID-19 have resulted in recent court rulings in Colorado.
A Denver District Court judge on Wednesday dismissed an 11th hour challenge to Denver’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, a day before the city edict binding on all city employees and some key private sector workers to submit proof of vaccination.
District Court Judge Shelley Gilman found the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter because the police officers who filed a lawsuit to block the warrant did not first file an administrative complaint and exhausted administrative remedies, a requirement except in certain exceptions, as if he followed the administrative procedures would obviously be in vain.
Last week, a judge issued a temporary injunction requiring Faith Christian Academy to comply with Jefferson County’s mask warrant for students and ordering the school to allow inspection by public health officials of the county.
District Judge Randall Arp has ruled that the county’s mask mandate does not violate the constitutional right to freedom of religion, and that Governor Jared Polis allowing the declaration of state of emergency to expire does not mean that local public health agencies cannot impose orders on theirs.