During a smallpox epidemic more than 100 years ago, a Cambridge resident took issue with t...

A Supreme Court case that originated in Mass. could provide a legal precedent for President Biden’s vaccine mandates, experts say – The Boston Globe

During a smallpox epidemic more than 100 years ago, a Cambridge resident took issue with the local board of health’s requirement that all adults be vaccinated against the disease.Henning Jacobson claimed he had a serious reaction to a vaccination as a child living in Sweden and did not want to be vaccinated. He faced the criminal penalty of a $5 fine for those who refused the vaccine and took his case to the US Supreme Court, arguing the vaccine requirement infringed on his rights under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution that says states cannot …

 

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