Published On: Tue, Sep 14th, 2021

Students Sue Catholic University for Denying Them Religious Exemptions to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

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A group of students are suing Creighton University, a Jesuit Catholic institution in Nebraska, for refusing to grant them religious exemptions to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The lawsuit was brought against Creighton by four female students who alleged that they received “arbitrary and disparate treatment” because of their religious objections to COVID-19 vaccination. Specifically, the women argued that the vaccines were developed or tested using abortion-derived fetal cell lines, which went against their Christian beliefs. Among the four students is Lauren Ramaekers, the president of campus group Creighton Students for Life. In a written affidavit obtained by The Epoch Times, the senior student stated that as part of her Catholic faith, she believes that abortion is an “intrinsic evil” and that even “remote cooperation” with abortion would violate her conscience. “The use of fetal tissue, fetal cells, or any product of abortion in the development or testing of a vaccine …

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