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Amish family files lawsuit over religious exemption ban in vaccination fight

An Amish family has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn New York’s state law banning religious exemptions to vaccinations for students.

The case involves unvaccinated children attending Cranberry Marsh School, a private Amish-run school in rural Seneca County, about 60 miles southeast of Rochester.

The lawsuit filed by Jonas Stoltzfus, who has three children at the school, is the latest to oppose the new law requiring students be fully immunized to attend school and child care.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved the law in June amid measles outbreaks in mostly Orthodox Jewish communities in Rockland County and New York City. Medical exemptions to vaccination are still permitted.

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