Family sues over DC law that allows kids as young as 11 to get Covid shot without parental consent

The family of a 16-year-old girl has filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia over an ordinance that allows kids to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine without their parent’s consent or knowledge.

The law, passed in March, was exposed by Fox News host Laura Ingraham during her Wednesday night program ahead of an interview with Aaron Siri, an attorney hired by the family to file the suit. According to the host, the teen, who was not from D.C., sought the vaccine so she could go to summer camp, but did not inform her parents she was getting the jab.

The father of the teen said he opposed having his daughter vaccinated on religious grounds, but also because she had bad health reactions “to multiple vaccinations when she was only five,” the host said.

Ingraham went on to note that the teen wound up not getting vaccinated before bringing Siri in to explain how it’s then possible to seek damages since there were none.

Siri began by explaining that the family isn’t interested in any monetary damages but rather wants to have the law tossed out so that the teen can’t return to D.C. at some point and get the shot without telling her parents, and to prevent other youths from doing so as well.

“My client’s daughter did previously suffer a serious adverse reaction to a pertussis vaccine when she was five years old,” the attorney said, explaining further that the teen “wasn’t aware of that when she went to her doctor” in D.C. “So she wasn’t aware to tell her doctor about that reaction to the pertussis vaccine.”

He went on to note that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the makers of those vaccines “say it is a precaution to obtain another dose of pertussis if you’ve had that prior reaction.”

“So without her parents being present, without them being involved, she could have potentially made a very dangerous decision medically,” Siri added.

Ingraham went on to press Siri on the suit’s mention of an “elaborate subterfuge” regarding the law, which he explained.

“What [the law] says is, if a child comes in — 11, 12, 13 years old and up — and asks a pediatrician, a doctor, or anyone else licensed in D.C. to give them a vaccine, not only is the doctor to give the vaccine, the law actually requires the doctor, the school, the health insurance company and the health department to all actively conceal from the parents that the child has received the vaccine,” said the attorney.

“When I grew up, I was told you’re not supposed to lie to your parents,” he continued. “This law is not only encouraging lying, it actually mandates by law that a child participate with those who the child would normally view … as figures of authority in an elaborate scheme of lying to their own parent.”

In response, a flabbergasted Ingraham speculated that viewers around the country were in disbelief that officials in Washington, D.C. would implement such a law.

“Parental rights being completely sublimated, attacked, oppressed, suppressed in D.C. codified law,” she said, adding that she is happy the suit has been filed and pledging to track its progress.


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