Unvaccinated father loses right to see his child


Gifted One
Staff member
Apr 16, 2021
Perched on a rock in Canada
A Canadian father who has not been vaccinated against Covid has temporarily lost the right to see his 12-year-old child.

A judge ruled his visits would not be in the child's "best interest".

It followed a request by the father to extend his visiting time during the holidays.

The judgement is the first depriving a parent of access rights on immunisation grounds, a family law expert told Le Devoir newspaper.

The judge's decision, made at the end of last month in Quebec province, suspends the father's visitation rights until February, unless he decides to get vaccinated.

The mother, who opposed the father's initial request to extend his visitation time, told the court she had recently discovered he was unvaccinated, using his social media posts to show he was opposed to vaccines.

The mother lives with her partner and two other children who are too young to be vaccinated.

The judge said it was not "in the child's best interest to have contact with their father" due to the recent increase in Covid cases in French-speaking Quebec.

Quebec, which has seen the highest number of Covid-related deaths in Canada, announced earlier this week it would impose a tax on residents who are not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Although nearly 90% of Quebec residents are vaccinated, they make up nearly a third of all hospital cases.

A sad reality. I’m against using children as pawns in such a way. I am fully vaccinated but I respect the others’ right to decline invasive measures no matter the supposed benefits. How would this go over if a Muslim father declined the vaccine on religious grounds? Yeah, think about that.

This judge over stepped his authority in my opinion.

I think that the protection of a minor's health should take precedence over any other motivation, including the religious beliefs of the parents of the minor child.
Sometimes it happens that Jehovah's Witnesses forbid doctors to carry out a blood transfusion even when this medical treatment is indispensable to save their child's life in danger.
The Swiss judges (and surely also the Italian ones) suspend, temporarily, the parent's parental authority so that the doctors can perform the blood transfusion to the child..