“First and foremost, concern for the welfare of children, including their health, is entrusted by God to their parents. The state and society should respect the priority of parental rights”
“It is well known that, along with the risk of infectious diseases, there is also a risk of serious complications — even death — as a result of prophylactic vaccination. In such a situation, it is the patient himself who should make the choice. In the case of a child, the parents should make the choice . . . . No one has the right to make this choice for them . . .”
Editor’s Note: Certain legislators in Russia have proposed new laws that would make vaccines mandatory, making it difficult for dissenting parents to opt out from vaccinating their children. In response to this overstep, the Russian Orthodox Church has released a statement, publicly opposing the proposed legislation and encouraging Russian lawmakers not to implement it.
The following statement was written by the Patriarchal Commission on the Family, an official advisory board which reports to Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church. Advisory board members include Fr. Dmitry Smirnov and Fr. Maxim Obukhov, prominent priests in Moscow, both of whom recently spoke at the World Congress of Families in Verona, Italy.
On the Rights of Parents in the Field of Child Health Care and Immunoprophylaxis
Statement by the Patriarchal Commission on the Family, & Protection of Motherhood and Childhood
The Patriarchal Commission on Family, Maternity and Childhood has received appeals to comment on the public discussion of measures proposed by individual legislators, representatives of government departments, and specialists, in order to increase the coverage of the population — especially children — with preventive vaccines.'
Read more: Russian Orthodox Church Officially Opposes Compulsory Vaccinations of Children
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