Say NO to Quarantine Camps in NY!

By Michael Kane

Protest in HARLEM at Tish James’ Office 8-17-22 1pm

Wednesday August 17, 1pm

163 W 125th St Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, Manhattan

Peaceful Rally and Educational Protest

Children’s Health Defense & CHD NY will be holding a rally in front of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office in Harlem NYC to let her and Governor Kathy Hochul know that New Yorkers say NO to the unconstitutional quarantine and isolation measures they are trying to get reinstated.

In July, Attorney Bobbie Anne Cox was successful in overturning an illegal health regulation enacted by Governor Kathy Hochul. The regulation allowed for a massive expansion of powers to force isolate and quarantine New Yorkers with no due process or evidence of illness. Even though Hochul lost in court, she is appealing the decision.

The overturned regulation allowed for the detention and quarantine of any individual suspected of having contracted a communicable disease, with no due process, no evidence, detained for as long as the state sees fit, and within any facility the state desires. An individual could be isolated and quarantined in a prison cell, in a hospital, in their own home, or any location the state deems acceptable.

Judge Ronald Ploetz of Cattaraugus County noted in his decision that New York has longstanding law, Public Health Law (PHL) 2120, governing how people can be quarantined to prevent transmission of communicable disease. Current New York law allows for due process before someone can be forced into quarantine. Hochul’s regulation would get rid of all such processes even in times when there is not an emergency declared.

Judge Ploetz wrote in his decision,

“The Commissioner (of the New York State Department of Health) has unfettered discretion to issue a quarantine or isolation for anyone, even if there is no evidence that person is infected or a carrier of the disease. Further, the Commissioner sets the terms, duration, and location of the detention, not an independent magistrate as required by PHL 2120.”

We need everyone to let Attorney General Tisch James know it is outrageous for Hochul to be appealing this decision with James leading the charge!

To waste taxpayer money in an attempt to hold onto a dangerous, illegal, and unconstitutional regulation is unacceptable. New York public health law already allows for a process of isolation and quarantine that is not illegal or unconstitutional, and does not need to be changed. Judge Ploetz agrees with this.

Recently South Africa has announced an extremely similar Quarantine Act in their country. China and Australia have already physically built camps that quarantine and isolate people even just suspected of being in contact with an infected individual. If we have such a regulation in New York this dangerous trend is destined to spread even farther across the country and across the world.


Source: Teachers for Choice

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