Western Michigan Athletes Challenge Vaccine Mandate

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Four Western Michigan University women's soccer players have filed a federal lawsuit against the school, claiming the vaccine mandate imposed upon them is unconstitutional and discriminatory.

As reported by The Detroit News, Emily Dahl, Hannah Redoute, Bailey Korhorn and Morgan Otteson filed their suit on Monday against Western University Michigan, university President Edward Montgomery and its athletic director, Kathy Beauregard. They said the university's requirement that student athletes get vaccinated "seeks to override" their "sincerely held religious beliefs and viewpoint and discriminates against them on the basis of their religion."

"Defendants’ policies violate the First Amendment by punishing students who exercise their religious beliefs in connection with their personal medical decisions," according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court for Michigan's Western District.

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