Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, our society has had to adapt to unprecedented restrictions and limitations. During this trying time, it has been difficult to find points of optimism. The rapid development of vaccine candidates utilizing varied techniques remains encouraging. However, while expeditious availability of effective vaccines is a laudable goal, the physician-led organizations presenting this statement stress the need for assurances of safety, efficacy, and a full commitment to uncompromised ethical development.
There are many vaccine candidates under development with newer technologies that have received much attention. These include the use of viral genetic material (mRNA and DNA), the synthesis of viral protein in a laboratory, and the incorporation of coronavirus genetic information into another harmless carrier virus that is then injected. The use of these techniques has produced very few effective and approved vaccines for any viral infection thus far. Recent reports of the effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, which are both mRNA vaccines, are encouraging. Although it is true that the animal-phase testing for these vaccines used abortion-derived fetal cells, commendably, it does not appear that production methods utilized such cells.
Considerable attention is also being directed at the use of adenoviruses, a group of common respiratory viruses. After disabling the virus and inserting coronavirus genetic material, the resulting product could be used for vaccination. However, as with other newer vaccines, the adenovirus delivery protocol has not produced a licensed vaccine despite many years of attempts. Of further concern is the standard use of abortion-derived fetal cell lines to produce these vaccines by companies such as AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Sadly, many other current vaccine candidates being developed also utilize cell lines derived from aborted babies for their production.
Fortunately, there are alternatives that do not violate this basic ethical and moral standard. Over the past decades, more than fifty viral vaccines have been approved using an attenuated or inactivated vaccine. Many of these vaccines have not utilized abortion-derived fetal cell lines for their production. The virus is grown in the laboratory and harvested, then weakened or inactivated to serve as a safe vaccine. In addition, other means of manufacturing with fully ethical protocols are used, including the John Paul II Medical Research Institute’s use of umbilical cord and adult stem cells. These and other ethical approaches provide encouragement for the future, where no vaccine will violate the dignity of human life in their production….
The organizations supporting this physicians statement:
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists – aaplog.org
American College of Pediatricians – acpeds.org
Catholic Medical Associations – cathmed.org
Christian Medical and Dental Association – cmda.org
The above comes from a Dec. 2 email sent by American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
kept telling y’all..
Look into this: coronavirus vaccines weaken the placenta, thus causing sterility. Don’t get vaccinated. It’s part of a movement to control world population.
A placenta is made new with each baby. This makes no sense.
The head of Pfizer research himself verified it:
The vaccine trains the body to attack placenta formation.
Don’t get vaccinated, people. Don’t let the elite use you as human guinea pigs nor let them use you to gain world domination.
Fake news story on somebody’s made up webpage, and you can’t even quote it correctly. The “head of Pfizer research himself” said nothing like what you say he said.
I see where this story is coming from and it probably is fake news. It is not from the head of Pfizer research. It is supposed to be from the same ex-Pfizer researcher who claimed the pandemic is over a couple of weeks ago.
Take it with a super large grain of salt.
If you are of childbearing age and you are concerned, do a large amount of research.
There will never be another placenta in my body, so it is not a concern for me.
crazy people post on this website. the vaccine does not attack placenta! yuns are crazy!
According to the website and article “The Catholic Stand, Living the Truth the Church Teaches; COVID-19 Vaccines and Catholic Ethics”, The Astra -Zeneca vaccine is clearly disqualified on moral lines as it used HEK293 Cells in both development and production. HEK293 cell line is from the kidney of a female baby aborted in the Netherlands in 1973. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are debatable as the cell line was only used in testing.
I, myself, would not use any of those.
Wrong. That is not what the Catholic Church teaches.
You are not reading what I wrote. I said I would not take any of those, I did not say the Church teaches that no one else can take the latter two if there is no ethical ones produced yet Morally the first one Astra Zeneca is not allowed by the Church at all. As far as I know I have never taken any vaccine that was tested from any aborted cell line, and at my age I will not as it just encourages the use of such cell lines again and again. Other will do what they want. End of discussion for me.
A “relatively remote connection” – just so you know when it comes up in the news:
“Neither the Pfizer nor the Moderna vaccine involved the use of cell lines that originated in fetal tissue taken from the body of an aborted baby at any level of design, development or production,” the two prelates said.
“They are NOT completely free from any connection to abortion,
however, as both Pfizer and Moderna made use of a tainted cell line for one of the confirmatory lab tests of their products.
“There is thus a connection, but it is relatively remote,” they continued.
“Some are asserting that if a vaccine is connected in any way with tainted cell lines,
then it is immoral to be vaccinated with them.
This is an inaccurate portrayal of Catholic moral teaching.”
Moderna’s vaccine is not completely free of any connection to abortion, as there is evidence that the vaccines have some connection with the use of aborted fetal cells in the early stages of vaccine design.
However, Lanciotti said, there is a distinction between “design” and “production.” Although it may seem like a subtle difference, he said in this case it makes more sense to assess the ethicality of the production of the vaccine itself, rather than any pre-existing knowledge and understanding that went into its development.
“The association with aborted fetal cells and these RNA vaccines is so distant that I don’t think you would find a Catholic moral theologian that would say there’s a problem at all,” Lanciotti said.
Early in the development of mRNA vaccine technology, fetal cells were used for “proof of concept” (to demonstrate how a cell could take up mRNA and produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein) or to characterize the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were found to be ethically uncontroversial by the pro-life policy organization the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna do not require the use of any fetal cell cultures in order to manufacture (produce) the vaccine.
Brian Kane, senior director of ethics for the Catholic Health Association of the US,
“…the use of any pharmaceuticals that were developed from aborted fetuses, that is certainly an issue that we all want to be cognizant of and try to avoid their use. With that in mind, the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines that are coming out are not even tainted with that moral problem.”
Well, the title, ” Pfizer and Moderna do not use fetal cells for vaccine production” is true.
The key word is “production”.
And everyone is bending backwards to say fetal cells not used in Development, too.
But what is development but concept design, Hypothesis testing, trial and error, and modifying hypothesis according to results ?
This RNA technology design and testing would not have been accomplished if
fetal cells were not used. Likewise, developmental testing could not have been done without the derivative fetal cell source, even if that cell line was eventually “tainted”
The “ethicality of the production”/manufacturing of the vaccine is being stressed rather than the development. The developmental use of the fetal cells is looked on like a re-agent
or environmental bystander.
I am not drawing any conclusions or disagreeing with the above Prelates and Theologians
but it’s important to clarify and ask what is involved
They can vaccinate my dead body.
The point is to get vaccinated before Covid kills you
For all who are in a panic over COVID:
Cranky Old Gal, you are just increasing the conspiracy theories. Although Brakdi has a good education and a good background in science, he is described as, “a prominent example from a “crop of debunked but credentialed so-called experts minting conspiracy theories and undermining fact-based information” The faculty of the University of Mainz has formally debunked his theories about covid-19. The fact that the YouTube video you asked us to watch was a Fox News segment of a Laura Ingraham show should have told you that it was fantasy and part of her ongoing effort to … well, you know.
Oh because we all know that Democrats love facts and science.
Can’t wait for jon to post here to set everyone straight.
I’m really gonna have to think of a name. Could just use the one mama gave me, i guess, but they advise against it. Whoever they are.
Don’t trust any of the covid vaccines. The trials were not rigorous, they don’t prove resistance to infection, they don’t prove they prevent deaths, they don’t prove that vulnerable people are proctected since only healthy volunteers were tested, any marginal protection might only be three months, side effects have been hidden. All this is being rushed through. Ask yourself why? I’m not going to be vaccinated. The science is deeply flawed.
Sick. Really sick.
How about sub-zero freezers
holding politicians instead of vaccines?