November 9, 2021

Federal Court Blocks Biden Vaccine Mandate for Businesses

A three-judge panel from the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a temporary injunction on Nov. 6 to block the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees.

The mandate specifically troubles pro-life workers who take issue with the fact that all currently available COVID-19 vaccines were developed and/or produced with the use of stem cell lines harvested from aborted babies.

The Biden mandate, which was set to take effect on Jan. 4, would require employers to “develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy” or have their workers “undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work in lieu of vaccination.”

The temporary injunction was made after a group of businesses and the states of Texas, Utah, Mississippi filed lawsuits against the Biden administration. All of these parties argued that they would be negatively affected by the mandate, and the judges were inclined to agree with them.

The Fifth Circuit wrote in its decision that the petitioners' arguments, “give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate.” Arguments in the case have been expedited to begin this week. The petitioners have motioned for the court to issue a permanent injunction against the mandate.