Judge rescinds order that barred unvaccinated mother from seeing son

Judge rescinds order that barred unvaccinated mother from seeing son
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A Chicago judge who revoked a mother's child custody rights over her refusal to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, rescinded his order Monday morning.

In what was believed to be an unprecedented decision, Cook County Judge James Shapiro ruled that since Rebecca Firlit hadn't been vaccinated against COVID-19, she couldn't see her son until she got the shot.

Firlit’s attorney Annette Fernholz said the boy's father wasn't even looking for such a ruling and that Shapiro exceeded his authority.

So Fernholz filed a legal challenge and said, in an email she received, the judge reversed his decision without much explanation.

She credited media attention and public pressure to Shapiro’s change of heart and said her client hadn't been able to see her son since that ruling on Aug. 11.

Fernholz said more and more divorce and custody cases are taking up the vaccination issue.