NBC News reports:
The Supreme Court declined Thursday to take up a legal challenge brought by health care workers in New York who oppose the state’s vaccine mandate on religious grounds. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch said the court should have taken the case.
When the requirement was first imposed last August as a way to help prevent the spread of the latest Covid variant, it allowed exceptions based on medical reasons or religious objections. But the religious exemption was later removed.
Writing for the three dissenters, Thomas said confusion remains about a mandate like New York’s that provides no religious exemption. He said the court should have taken the case now to head off similar confusion in the future.
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In his dissent, Thomas claims that COVID vaccines were developed with the use of “aborted children.” https://t.co/43cSrepGNn
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) June 30, 2022
Clarence Thomas dissent says 'aborted children' were used to develop COVID-19 vaccines https://t.co/YYxj78555O
— Raw Story (@RawStory) June 30, 2022
He says this comes from their petition for certiorari, but the petition for certiorari/plaintiffs do not describe the COVID-19 vaccine as coming from "aborted children." That is Thomas's language. This is what the petition for cert said: pic.twitter.com/x9NHibF4X2
— Leah Litman (@LeahLitman) June 30, 2022