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(I switched the title to "non-vaccine" families to avoid defamatory language:grin:)

This is big news for Turkey:

Turkey's highest legal authority, the Constitutional Court, recently ruled that mandatory vaccination for children without parents' consent contradicted the law in a landmark verdict for parents opposing vaccination for health reasons.

The court said vaccinations carried out by the Health Ministry against the consent of parents violated two laws on basic rights and freedoms. The top court's ruling said that parents cannot be forced to have their children vaccinated even if they are ordered by the courts and there needs to an amendment in law for mandatory vaccination.

The vaccination of children and babies against diseases remains a hotly debated issue in Turkey with families taking their opposition to vaccination to the courts. Though the general consensus in the scientific community is in favor of vaccination and any hazard to human health due to vaccines is downplayed, parents are wary of having their children inoculated.
The below is the most interesting part:

In Ordu, a northern province, Hüseyin Ayyayla and his wife Reyhan opposed the local medical authority, which supervises the vaccination of newborn babies and older children, and did not have their twin children inoculated. The medical authority filed a lawsuit against the couple, seeking a court order for the vaccination against Hepatitis B. Hüseyin Ayyayla, a prosecutor, presented an elaborate defense to the court, basing his opposition to vaccines on various scientific studies. He defended that the vaccination of a child without parental approval and without medical emergency violated patient's rights. Presenting various medical studies to the court, the father cited findings of thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, in some vaccines that reportedly led to autism. He further claimed vaccines might leave long-term damage on the body, as they were composed of genetically modified microbes. Lastly, he said physicians did not fully inform the parents on the potential risks of vaccines. The local court ruled in favor of the Ayyayla family in a verdict that may set a precedent for other families opposing the vaccination of their children
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