A beloved Roman Catholic nun, who is also a physician-surgeon and a retired U.S. Army colonel, is suing Washington, DC, over its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health care workers. Thomas More Society attorneys filed suit on March 9, 2022, in the federal United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Sister Dierdre Byrne against the district’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director the district’s health department, and the District of Columbia itself for their refusal to grant Byrne a religious exemption from vaccination.
Thomas More Society Special Counsel Christopher Ferrara shared how Byrne, who is a Roman Catholic religious Sister of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart as well as a board-certified general surgeon and family physician, provides free medical services to the poor and the undocumented.
“Sister Dierdre has sought – and been denied – a religious exemption from DC’s health worker COVID-19 vaccination mandate,” explained Ferrara. “All three COVID-19 vaccines approved in the United States have been tested, developed, or produced with cell lines derived from abortions, something to which Sister Dierdre has deep and sincere religious opposition.”
The lawsuit notes that Bowser has twice been previously chastised by the court for burdening religion by her abuse of “emergency powers.”
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