A group of students have filed a civil lawsuit against Creighton University in response to the university’s mandate for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The lawsuit filed by four students on Wednesday alleges that Creighton “refused to consider or grant religious exemptions” by making the vaccine mandatory for all students.
The university announced on July 7 that the vaccine would be mandatory for all students attending classes or events on campus. On August 23, a waiver that allowed students to opt out of the vaccine was withdrawn after the approval of the Pfizer vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration.
Students had to provide proof of vaccination by September 7 to be allowed on campus.
Lauren Ramaekers, a Creighton student named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, is the chair of Creighton’s anti-abortion group, Students For Life. In a press release, Ramaekers said she was opposed to taking the vaccine “because of the use of fetal cells derived from abortions in vaccine research and development.”
In an affidavit filed with the court, Ramaekers said: “… the use of fetal tissue, fetal cells or any ‘product’ of abortion in the development and / or testing of a vaccine or any other medical treatment loaths me. It is a sincere religious belief, which has an impact on my moral and ethical view of the world. “