Judge now allowing unvaccinated mom to see 11-year-old son


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CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge has now reversed a ruling to bar a divorced mother from seeing her 11-year-old son because she isn’t vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Cook County Judge James’ Shapiro issued an order Monday vacating his Aug. 10 decision, though he offered no explanation.

Rebecca Firlit’s lawyer says the judge, not Firlit’s ex-husband, raised the issue during a recent child support hearing for the former couple who share custody of the boy.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday that Cook County Judge James Shapiro asked the 39-year-old mother on Aug. 10 if she was vaccinated. When she said no, the judge withdrew her rights to see the boy until she gets vaccinated.

Firlit says she has had adverse reactions to vaccinations and that her doctor advised her not to get a COVID-19 shot. Her lawyer is appealing the ruling.

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