ACLU of Maine statement on New Jersey Quarantine Lawsuit
Today, the ACLU of New Jersey announced a lawsuit on behalf of Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was detained last year in Newark after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. The following statement of support can be attributed to Alison Beyea, executive director of the ACLU of Maine:
“The ACLU of Maine supports the efforts of Kaci Hickox and our sister affiliate in New Jersey to fight back against draconian quarantine laws. As we said when Ms. Hickox faced the threat of involuntary quarantine in Maine, extreme measures like mandatory quarantines raise serious concerns about government overreach, not to mention frighten the public. Our response to public health situations should be guided by sound medical science, not by fear.”
The ACLU of New Jersey’s press release is here: https://www.aclu-nj.org/news/2015/10/22/nurse-sues-over-nj-quarantine-during-ebola-panic
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