Following a federal judge’s refusal to put Indiana University’s COVID vaccination mandate on hold until litigation is complete, America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) issued the following statements:
James Bopp, Jr., Director of Litigation for America’s Frontline Doctors commented: “Today’s ruling does not end the students’ fight and we plan to appeal the Judge’s decision. In addition, we plan on asking the Judge to put a hold on IU’s Mandate pending that appeal. We are confident that the court of appeals will grant our request.”
Simone Gold, MD, JD, and founder of America’s Frontline Doctors said: “It’s troubling to see the Court show any hesitation in their resolve to recognize and protect each person’s sovereignty over their own body. Voluntary consent to receive medications is black letter law (since Nuremburg), and we must not discard it in favor of scarlet letters of segregation. America’s Frontline Doctors will relentlessly pursue equal justice for all students and all people according to facts and science, not politics.”
Dr. Gold continued, “It is critical that those in positions of authority are deciding and implementing public policy based on thorough consideration of the relevant medical data. Indiana University’s policy cannot recognize the widely available medical studies showing that there are zero statistical risks to the students themselves. Any mandate or merely even implied pressure, to take a new drug that lacks long-term health and safety data is categorically reckless and unethical.”
The lawsuit, Ryan Klaassen et al., v. The Trustees of Indiana University filed in June on behalf of eight Indiana University students who are challenging the school’s COVID vaccination mandate. The Students involved are seeking relief from the school’s mandate, citing their rights to bodily autonomy, due process, and education free from unnecessary restrictions, and the right to consent to medical treatment.
Today’s ruling does not affect the case’s ability to proceed, nor is it a ruling against the case being brought by the students.