Anti-vaxxers in child immunization disputes with co-parents likely to lose in court: B.C. lawyer – CTV

Nov. 23, 2021

VANCOUVER – With children as young as five now eligible for vaccination against COVID-19, there are likely heated disputes brewing between parents with differing views – and some may eventually end up in a courtroom.
But dragging a fight over childhood immunization before a judge is unlikely to end well for anti-vaccine parents, according to B.C. lawyer Martina Milau, who dealt with a number of similar vaccine battles prior to the pandemic.

When it comes to healthy children who don’t have any chronic health conditions, “I don’t see a court ruling against vaccinations,” Milau told CTV News.

Divorced or separated parents seeking to prevent a former partner from vaccinating their child face an uphill battle, the lawyer said, as they’re also going up against public health recommendations that encourage immunizing eligible children as quickly as possible.

“A judge is not going to trump that,” said Milau, who works at Clark Woods LLP in Coquitlam. “Judges look to experts all the time when they don’t have the expertise in a subject.”

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