October 19, 2021
-The New American
A New York City judge recently ruled that a father in a divorce and custody case may not visit his three-year-old daughter unless he gets one of the COVID-19 vaccines or submits to a stringent testing regimen.
“Here, in-person parental access by defendant is not in the child’s best interests, and there are exceptional circumstances that support its suspension,” Manhattan Justice Matthew Cooper wrote in an October 7 decision, according to the New York Post, which broke the story Thursday.
“The dangers of voluntarily remaining unvaccinated during access with a child while the COVID-19 virus remains a threat to children’s health and safety cannot be understated,” he added.
He ordered the father either to get vaccinated or to submit to weekly (and highly unreliable) PCR tests and to an antigen test within 24 hours of a scheduled visit with his daughter. Those visits normally occur every other weekend.
Cooper appears to have legitimate concerns about the three-year-old’s safety. He had already ordered the father’s visits with his daughter to be supervised by her mother because of the man’s “history of substance abuse and untreated mental health issues,” he explained in his ruling.
However, his concerns are seriously misplaced when it comes to COVID-19. Children are at almost no risk of coming down with a serious case of the disease, much less dying from it, a fact recognized even by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which employs no less an authority on the virus (by mainstream-media standards) than Dr. Anthony Fauci. Denying a father a few days per month with his young daughter over fears of her suffering from COVID-19 is, as the father’s attorney put it, “absurd.”
“This judge must feel that 80 million Americans who aren’t vaccinated are placing their children at imminent risk of harm and, therefore, the courts should intervene and remove those children from their parents,” Lloyd Rosen told the Post. “This is an absurd position to take.”