Eighty-six Catholic women from 25 countries issued a letter Monday opposing what they called “abortion-tainted” Covid-19 vaccines, and arguing Church statements approving their use rely on “an incomplete assessment of the science of vaccination and immunology.”
The signatories of the letter include doctors, nurses, bioethics experts, religious sisters, and pro-life activists from four continents.
“We cannot sit back as the use of aborted human fetuses in medical research is gradually normalized as an ‘unfortunate’ part of modern-day medicine,” the women stated. “It is time for clergy and laity to boldly confront this horror and defend the right to life for the most vulnerable with ‘maximum determination.’”
Among those who signed the statement are prominent American pro-life activist Abby Johnson, along with Sr. Deirdre “Dede” Byrne, POSC, a religious sister, surgeon, and retired army officer.
The March 8 statement was also signed by Dr. Wanda Półtawska, a Polish physician who was a victim of pseudo-medical experiments in a Nazi concentration camp for four years in her early 20s.
In the letter, the women noted the argument “that using an abortion-tainted vaccine is morally licit because the cooperation in evil is ‘remote,’” pointing to statements by Catholic bishops and the Vatican, but suggesting these positions may not “reflect the true breadth and gravity” of the situation.
“The evil of using aborted fetal cell lines involves not just the original murder, but the ongoing commercialization of the child’s body, as well as the ultimate refusal to bury his desecrated remains,” it stated.
The Vatican has taught that use of Covid-19 vaccines which were produced using abortion-derived cell lines is “morally acceptable” when other alternatives are not available, due to the “grave danger” posed by the spread of the coronavirus.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published a note in December 2020 explaining that “the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive,” while also urging pharmaceutical companies and governmental health agencies to “produce, approve, distribute and offer ethically acceptable vaccines that do not create problems of conscience for either health care providers or the people to be vaccinated.”
In their statement March 8, the Catholic healthcare workers and activists said, “we humbly suggest that such statements, including some official ones issued by bishops and even the Vatican, are based on an incomplete assessment of the science of vaccination and immunology, and beg such proponents to reevaluate their statements in light of the following facts.”
The statement listed five points, including a citation of a peer-reviewed study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization in October 2020 which found the average survival rate from SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19, to be 98.3%.
According to the statement, the vaccine candidates which reported using aborted fetal cells “only during testing” also made use of the HEK-293 [Human Embryonic Kidney-293] cells “as an integral part of the development of their mRNA candidate.” Pfizer and Moderna are mRNA vaccines.
Given the Covid-19 vaccine’s “experimental nature,” people should not be forced, coerced, or urged to take it, the women stated.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops this month reiterated the Vatican’s teaching on Covid-19 vaccines produced with the help of abortion-derived cell lines, after a vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson received FDA approval.
The bishops echoed the Vatican in stating that it is “morally acceptable” to receive Covid-19 vaccines produced using cell lines from aborted fetuses when no alternative is available, but if possible, Catholics ought to choose a vaccine with a more remote connection to abortion.
The Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine used PER.C6, which, according to Science magazine, is “a proprietary cell line owned by Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, developed from retinal cells from an 18-week-old fetus aborted in 1985,” in design and development, production, and lab testing.
In contrast, mRNA vaccines available from Pfizer and Moderna have an extremely remote connection to abortion in the design and testing phases, leading ethicists to judge those vaccines “ethically uncontroversial,” the USCCB said.
This week’s statement from Catholic women claimed statements justifying the use of abortion-derived vaccines “ignore the gravity and immediacy of the crimes committed against the unborn” and they could not willingly benefit from the sacrifice of “these aborted babies’ bodies” if they were used at any point in the vaccine production process, “no matter how long ago.”
“The evil of using aborted fetal cell lines involves not just the original murder, but the ongoing commercialization of the child’s body, as well as the ultimate refusal to bury his desecrated remains,” they said.
The statement also noted that fetal cell lines “do not last indefinitely” and vaccine manufacturers will have strong incentives to create new lines to match old ones. The women argued that the use of aborted fetal tissue in developing medical interventions will “fuel the search for new aborted fetal tissue.”
“This has occurred multiple times in past decades, with the most recent aborted fetal cell line developed in 2015,” it said.
The above comes from a March 9 story on the site of the Catholic News Agency.
Look, there aren’t any intrinsic evils anymore. Everything is situation ethics now. And the good is whatever makes you feel better or improves your life. We’re so complex and nuanced now we’ve moved beyond Jesus’ teachings.
I think this is someone trying to push our buttons.
There are lots of intrinsic evils-abortion, adultery, slavery, blasphemy, fornication, sodomy, pornography, human trafficking, depriving workers of their wages, willful murder, euthanasia, kidnapping…lots more.
In teaching the existence of intrinsically evil acts, the Church accepts the teaching of Sacred Scripture. The Apostle Paul emphatically states: “Do not be deceived: neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the Kingdom of God” (1 Cor 6:9-10). St John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor
Single woman, age 39, healthy, died in Utah four days after getting vaccinated. The vaccine caused her vital organs to shut down. Don’t get jabbed. It’s more dangerous than the virus.
We can’t seem to understand that the “vaccine” (whoever makes it) is not a true vaccine because it does not convey immunity. It is a “medical treatment” intended to alleviate symptoms if COVID is acquired.
From Johns Hopkins: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines-myth-versus-fact
“Individuals who get the COVID-19 vaccination still need to practice infection prevention precautions. Keep your mask on, and continue staying at least 6 feet from people outside your household, until further notice. Vaccines do not stop the coronavirus from entering your body; they only prevent you from developing moderate to severe COVID-19. It’s not yet clear if people vaccinated for COVID-19 can still carry and transmit the virus, even when they themselves don’t get sick.”
If vaccinated, why do we need to continue to wear a mask or practice social distance? Such precautions were not in place for other vaccines such as measles or polio.
One reason is that some people are allergic to such vaccines and cannot take them. Also COVID was a biological experimentation developed in a lab which got out somehow — whether accidentally or intentionally no one knows. I would hope accidentally.
This same thing happened when killer bees were being experimented on in a Latin American lab years ago as they were native to Africa and not the Americas. Now we have them in some areas here.
Denmark, Norway and Iceland have suspended AstraZeneca’s vaccine because of blood clot worries. Those who have been saying that these “vaccines” haven’t been adequately tested have been right. Don’t get jabbed. Take your chance with the virus: 98.7% survival rate if you even get infected, and higher survival rates than that if you are healthy.
I like many prefer not to get the vaccine but many of us have to get either in order to keep our jobs if we work in health care. I don’t like how the vaccine is being pushed on us. I had Covid in November and was only mildly sick
I have had flus much worse. I take my therapy dog regularly to visit the sick and could not continue to do this work of mercy unless I had the shot so I chose the Pfizer one that I have heard the Church say is permissible.
I have encouraged my adult children not to get the shot unless they have too because I worry about long term effects. At 67 I am not worried about long term effects or fertility!
The right way to do things is for drug companies to use the moral means for cures, but they just will not do that as they should. Many Californians did vote for the unethical stem cell treatment on our last ballot, although they were told not to do so. It seems many keep doing the same things expecting different results. Every so many years a new disease pops up, and the first thing they do is develop an unethical treatment to “cure” it, then the do the same with the next disease. All to keep abortion, etc. respectable.
If St. Peter required the vaccine to get into heaven, I still wouldn’t get vaccinated.
Marvelous Marvin died as a result of side effects from getting jabbed with the “vaccine”. Yeah, the people running the show have our best interests in mind. Not.
Has anyone considered whether the vaccine is demonic?
Now Ireland is suspending the AstraZenica vaccine due to blood clots. These “vaccines” have not be adequately tested.