A Christian nonprofit legal group has sent a letter to the University of Alabama-Birmingham after the public university blocked a student from registering for classes because she would not take vaccines.
The letter from First Liberty Institute asks university officials to follow the religious exemption it granted Jackie Gale for her first year at school. The university does not currently mandate the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Due to Ms. Gale’s religious beliefs, she cannot receive the childhood immunizations UAB requires under its immunization policy,” Christine Pratt, counsel for First Liberty, wrote in a May 13 demand letter.
Keisha Russell, another attorney representing Gale, told Just the News on May 18 that the hold has been temporarily lifted while the issue is being discussed with university officials. The First Liberty website does not list any communications or finalized policies under this case.
University let her enroll last year with an exemption
In Gale’s freshman year, the university “accepted her state-issued religious exemption certificate and permitted her to attend in-person classes,” the letter said, “but UAB now asserts that it will only recognize medical exemptions and not religious exemptions.”
Gale’s family are pro-life Christians who object to the development of a number of vaccines that were derived or tested on a fetal tissue cell line derived from an aborted baby. She has received an exemption from vaccine mandates in high school and up until now in college.
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