In what seems like a consistent development, President Joe Biden and his administration took another massive loss on the COVID-19 vaccine mandate front this week.
According to Fox News, a Louisiana-based federal judge dropped a legal bomb on the current administration in the form of a temporary injunction against enforcing a nationwide vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
As the outlet reported, it was thanks to Judge Terry A. Doughty in the U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana that unvaccinated healthcare workers in the U.S. will have significantly more time to decide on a course of action.
The ruling came as a result of a request from Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who asked the court to block a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-issued regulation that essentially required everyone in or connected to the healthcare industry, even part-timers, to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or face termination.
As other federal judges have ruled in recent weeks, Judge Landry determined that the Biden administration — or the U.S. government in general — lacks the constitutional authority to force vaccinations on those who refuse them for whatever reason.
“If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by our Constitution would be in the same hands,” the judge wrote.
He added: “If human nature and history teach anything, it is that civil liberties face grave risks when governments proclaim indefinite states of emergency.”
Judge Landry admitted that the case would likely eventually be catapulted to a higher-level court for a final ruling, but said “it is important to preserve the status quo in this case. The liberty interests of the unvaccinated requires nothing less.”
The ruling raises additional questions concerning how far the Biden administration is willing to take the issue, given that it seems to be suffering humiliating defeats in the federal court system on a regular basis.