“On abortion, he (the Mayor) tells everyone it’s the mothers right to kill the baby in the (muffled) trimester but to take a vaccine is not the mother’s right? This putz is insane.”

~Issac Abraham

On Wednesday, opponents of New York City’s emergency declaration ordering everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles announced they will be filing a lawsuit this week.

“Civil rights attorney Michael Sussman called the order threatening to fine residents of four ZIP codes in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn if they refuse to have their children vaccinated ‘an overreach of authority.'”1

(Sussman also represented a group of parents in suburban Rockland County who challenged the county executive’s order barring unvaccinated children from indoor public spaces.)

In both New York City and Rockland County, the measles “outbreaks” are mainly affecting Orthodox Jewish families.


The city health department plans to try and interview Williamsburg residents who have been diagnosed with measles as well as everyone they have come in contact with. Then, health officials will try and persuade the unvaccinated to get a vaccine. If they refuse or refuse for their children, they could be fined as much as $1000. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s confident that NYC’s vaccination order will survive any legal challenge.


Officials also announced on Wednesday that measles has been confirmed in eight (six of whom are siblings) Westchester County children. They were apparently exposed while visiting Rockland County or Brooklyn. (Maybe a “measles” party?)


  1. NBC News