“Children’s Health Defense (CHD) and several parents today filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging a Philadelphia law that allows minors to consent to vaccination without their parents’ knowledge, saying the legislation violates the constitutionally protected doctrine of informed consent and fundamental parental rights.

The lawsuit alleges the City of Philadelphia engaged in a “wink and a nod” practice of vaccinating children behind parents backs without informed consent for the past 15 years, under the cover of the 2007 General Minor Consent Regulation.

That rule allows children 11 and older to consent to vaccination without parental knowledge as long as they receive a ‘vaccine information statement’ (VIS) for the administered shot.

It also absolves the vaccine administrator of liability if the minor gives consent.”