A UK high court in London has ordered that two sisters, aged 11 and 15, should receive the MMR vaccine against their and their mother’s wishes.
The girls’ parents had originally decided not to get the vaccine in the wake of the MMR controversy. But the case was brought to the court after the father, now divorced from the mother, changed his mind about the sisters forgoing the vaccine once the MMR autism link had been discredited.
A high court judge ruled in favour of the father, concluding that the vaccine was in the best interest of the girls. “I am aware that this is against the girls’ wishes but that it is not the only factor,” wrote Mrs Justine Theis. “The court also has to consider their level of understanding of the issues involved and what factors have influenced their views. I do not consider there is a balanced level of understanding by them of the issues involved.”
The girls were reportedly concerned about the ingredients of the vaccine, and one of the girls was a vegan.
What do you think? Was the judge right to overturn the wishes of the girls and their mother?
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