NY Elderly Residents Will Be Homeless Unless...

Nov 22, 2021

The Supreme Court is considering yet another of our shot mandate cases. NY Gov. Kathy Hochul is about to put disabled and elderly nursing home patients out on the streets. Liberty Counsel is fighting to stop her.

Read on to learn more about our latest case defending religious faithful from tyrannical and unlawful shot mandates. —Mat

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George* has cared for New York’s elderly and disabled for nearly his entire adult life. The nursing home he owns and operates has been in business for over 50 years. The patients are like family to George and his staff.

COVID was hard on the patients as COVID mandates isolated them from everyone in their lives—their friends, families and even each other as New York’s insane lockdowns wore on. No visitors were allowed, and even the dining and community rooms were forced to be closed. Patients stayed in their rooms with only George and the staff for comfort and company. They fought to keep patients’ health and spirits up and depression at bay.

The patients made it through, but just as light was beginning to break through the darkness, the political tyrants of New York struck another blow—and this latest move will have George in jail and patients cast out into the streets if we don’t stop the insanity NOW.

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On August 16, 2021, Gov. Hochul announced that the state will now require health care workers to get one of the shots to remain employed in the health care profession.

Just 10 days later, Gov. Hochul’s Public Health and Health Planning Council eliminated religious exemptions and accommodations.

That is a problem for George and his nursing home. All but one of his staff have requested religious exemptions. Their deeply held faith prohibits them from taking a shot developed or tested using aborted fetal cell lines. George agrees with and wishes to honor his employees’ religious rights.

As of TODAY, George will be in violation of the law no matter what he does.

Gov. Hochul’s shot mandate insists that George ignore federal law, deny every religious exemption and fire all but one of the employees. If George refuses, he will lose his license to operate the facility his patients call home.

But if George follows Gov. Hochul’s unlawful order, he will be forced to shut down immediately, as there would only be one staff person left to care for all the patients.

Under Gov. Hochul’s order, if George does not shut down today, he will be fined. But if he does shut down today, he will be fined and prosecuted.

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NY Gov. Hochul has created an impossible situation where NO ONE wins, least of all the patients who will be homeless, unless the courts intervene.

It takes months for patients to get into a new nursing care facility, months these patients do not have. Yet, Gov. Hochul’s order will put patients out in the street with nowhere to go and no one to care for them.

NY Gov. Hochul is being dragged to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On November 18, we filed a brief at the Supreme Court to stop Gov. Hochul’s unlawful shot mandate.

State officials cannot override federal law or the federal Constitution. New York’s purported guidance and attempts to remove federal protections and even religious exemptions available under federal law are causing direct and irreparable harm. All health care workers are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which allows for religious exemptions and accommodations and mandates that employers provide them. Against a government mandate, all workers are also protected by the First Amendment.

That’s why Liberty Counsel has asked the Supreme Court to intervene.

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Also before the courts ...

Similar to NY Gov. Hochul, Maine Gov. Janet Mills says that any health care provider who refuses to comply with her latest unlawful shot mandates will lose their license to do business and, in some cases, to practice medicine! We filed a lengthy petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to expedite this case, stop this illegal order and protect these health care heroes.

We also have a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of military members against Joe Biden, another defending health care workers against NorthShore University HealthSystem of Illinois, and we continue advising the 35,000+ cargo and passenger transportation industry employees.

Forcing COVID shots without allowing for any religious exemptions is unlawful and, frankly, immoral.

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Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

*Name changed for privacy.

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