Mothers lose MMR jabs appeal

Two mothers in England today lost a battle to stop the compulsory vaccinations of their children – including the controversial MMR jab.

Two mothers in England today lost a battle to stop the compulsory vaccinations of their children – including the controversial MMR jab.

The fathers of the girls, who are not married to the mothers, launched the legal action after the mothers refused to allow the children to have the jabs.

The women took the case to the British Court of Appeal after Mr Justice Sumner ruled last month that the girls, aged five and 10, should have the medical treatment.

Today three appeal judges again ruled against the mothers, one of whom is considering taking the case to the British House of Lords.

In a hearing at the appeal court last week, Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel, representing the mothers, who cannot be named to protect the identities of the children, told the court that Mr Justice Sumner had not taken sufficient notice of the mothers' wishes and the effect the ruling would have on the families.

The mothers, the sole carers of their daughters, argued that immunisation should be voluntary and it was not right to impose it against the wishes of a caring parent and it would cause them great distress.

The elder girl had asked not to be given the MMR jab but had asked for meningitis protection.

Some parents fear the MMR vaccine could be linked to autism, even though doctors and most experts say there is no evidence of a link.

Mr Justice Sumner decided both children should receive the jab because the benefits outweighed the risks.

Lord Justice Thorpe said the High Court judge‘s approach had been “above criticism”.

“What is plain is that ultimately these applications were decided by applying the paramount consideration of the welfare of the two children concerned.”

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