Saturday, August 28, 2021
An Illinois mother says a Cook County judge decided to strip her parental rights over her refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a local report. Rebecca Firlit told FOX 32 Chicago that Cook County Judge James Shapiro revoked all of her parenting time with her son until she gets vaccinated. "I miss my son more than anything. It's been very difficult. I haven't seen him since August 10th," Firlit told the outlet. A spokesperson for Shaprio told FOX 32 that the judge could not comment on the ruling due to the ongoing nature of the case. Firlit, who has reportedly been divorced for seven years and shares custody of her son with her ex-husband, said she does not want to get the vaccine due to previous adverse reactions to vaccines, according to FOX 32. "He was placing his views on me. And taking my son away from me," Firlit said of Shapiro. Her attorney, Annette Fernholz, believes the judge overstepped his bounds.
"In this case you have a judge, without any matter before him regarding the parenting time with the child deciding, Oh, you're not vaccinated. You don't get to see your child until you are vaccinated.' That kind of exceeds his jurisdiction," Fernholz told FOX 32.
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