The anti-vaccination movement in Turkey has found support in its battle against mandatory immunization programs: the courts.
On May 4, the Court of Cassation, or Supreme Court of Appeals – Turkey’s top administrative court – ruled against mandatory vaccination, saying that the program would lead to violation of individual rights. Again, on May 11, the same court ruled in favor of parents who did not want their kids to be vaccinated.
In its recent rulings, the Constitutional Court, the highest body in the Turkish judiciary, decided that the current immunization program could not continue as it lacked a valid legal framework. On Dec. 24, 2015, the same court said the existing law did not permit the authorities to act against parents’ wishes. The court also pointed out the overly vague aspect of the law on required vaccinations.
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