Louisiana U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty blocked a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health workers on Tuesday, expanding beyond the 10 states previously included to all 50 states.
The federal government had required health workers be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022, to remain employed.
The judge’s ruling offers a temporary injunction while the lawsuit continues. Though the vaccine mandate still has the potential to be approved, the ruling states the mandate cannot be enforced until the courts have their say.
The case is shaping up to head to the Supreme Court for a major battle concerning the rights of health workers that will impact all Americans. From military personnel to teachers and beyond, the vaccine mandates sweeping our nation are out of control.
“If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by our Constitution would be in the same hands,” Doughty wrote. “If human nature and history teach anything, it is that civil liberties face grave risks when governments proclaim indefinite states of emergency.”
The lawsuit had included attorneys general from 10 states and was joined by 13 additional states.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry celebrated the ruling. In a prepared statement, he said, “I applaud Judge Doughty for recognizing that Louisiana is likely to succeed on the merits and for delivering yet another victory for the medical freedom of Americans. While Joe Biden villainizes our healthcare heroes with his ‘jab or job’ edicts, I will continue to stand up to the President’s bully tactics and fight for liberty.”
“While our fight is far from over, I am pleased the Court granted preliminary relief against the President’s unconstitutional and immoral attack on not only our healthcare workers but also the access to healthcare services for our poor and elderly,” Landry continued.
“I will see this case through to the end – fighting every step of the way to prevent the federal government from imposing medical tyranny on our citizens and turning last year’s healthcare heroes into this year’s unemployed.”
Our nation needs more leaders who talk like this. Our nation is at war. It’s a war of worldviews, no longer between right and left, but between right and wrong.
We need all the help we can get, and the help is growing. From local groups opposed to mandates to attorneys and governors working to change laws, our nation must unite around the freedoms that make us great.
Our founding fathers would have certainly opposed the vaccine mandates coming from Washington today. They fought and died to give us the right to choose, not to be coerced or forced to make medical choices we may oppose for ourselves or for our children.
Instead of staying silent, it’s time to speak out and take courage. The threats to our freedom are too great to avoid. Only with Americans exercising their freedoms and speaking out will be able to continue to keep the freedoms we have today.