Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett denied a request by eight Indiana University students to block the school’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
The most-recent court appointee, Barrett turned down the request without a full review of the court. Eight students had appealed after being turned down at the lower court level.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court refuses grant Indiana University students’ request to block the school’s vaccine mandate. Justice Amy Coney Barrett rejected the request without referring it to the full court. https://t.co/j6ftPBimz4
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) August 12, 2021
Fox News reported, “A three-judge federal appeals court panel, including two judges appointed by former President Donald Trump, was one of two lower courts to side with Indiana University and allow it to require vaccinations.”
It added, “The plan announced in May requires roughly 90,000 students and 40,000 employees on seven campuses to receive COVID-19 vaccinations for the fall semester.”
BREAKING: Justice Barrett denies emergency injunction request from Indiana Univ students challenging the school’s vaccine mandate. She could have referred the matter to the full Court, but acted alone and denied the request. #SCOTUS
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) August 12, 2021
The ruling angered many conservatives, who expected a different response from the Trump-nominated conservative on the court. Many conservatives believe required vaccines are government overreach.
The action also will likely anger conservatives who have expected better from the new conservative majority in the 6 to 3 Supreme Court. The court appears to be more of a 3-3-3 split in many cases rather than a clear 6 to 3 divide.
Concerns will also lead to much speculation regarding how the court will address the first major pro-life case headed for review this fall. The case involving Mississippi’s “heartbeat law” has the potential to overturn the historic Roe v. Wade ruling than legalized abortion on demand.
Many conservatives have hoped the court would rule in its favor. If so, laws concerning abortion would return to individual states, including many states with strong restrictions against most abortions.
The ruling in favor of required vaccines at Indiana University will also likely encourage other universities to move forward with vaccine requirements. If so, the college campus will become another battlefield over the issue of required vaccines.
The issue may not stop at universities, either. In New York City, proof of vaccines is already required for many activities, including restaurants, gyms and theaters.