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A Chicago judge overturned his decision which stripped a not vaccinated mother of her parental rights to her 11-year-old son.

“Judge Shapiro has just issued an order quashing parts of his earlier August 11 order so that Rebecca Firlit can see her son again,” said Rebecca Firlit’s lawyer Annette Fernholz. FOX 32 Chicago Monday.

Firlit said she had not seen her son since August 10 and that Cook County Judge James Shapiro initially revoked her parenting time with her son until he got the shot. She had previously told the media that she had been divorced from her husband for several years and said she did not want to receive the vaccine due to previous adverse reactions to the vaccines.

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Shapiro reversed his decision on Monday after the story gained traction in the media, which Fernholz credits with helping Firlit’s case.

“I think there has been a lot of uproar in the media,” Fernholz said. “The Divorce Bar here in Illinois responded when they saw it on the news.”

Rebecca Firlit and her son (Photo credit: FOX 32 Chicago)
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As for Firlit, she said she “was surprised” by the judge’s turnaround, “but my reaction is that I’m grateful.”

The lawyer representing the son, however, argues that the judge’s initial decision to bar Firlit from seeing her son was more complicated than his refusal of the coronavirus vaccine.

“The judge must look after the best interests of the child,” said lawyer Michael Bender, saying Firlit’s behavior during the hearing was “volatile”.

“He saw something that clearly told him, ‘There is a danger to the child at this time.’ And we’ll act on it, ”Bender said.

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Firlit refused the request, saying her demeanor during the hearing had not played a role in the judge’s initial decision.

“It certainly wasn’t a reason to take my child away from me,” Firlit said. “I’m not a danger to him. Nothing was filed about it. Nothing we were in the audience for had anything to do with it.”

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Firlit may be able to see her son as early as Wednesday.


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