As the world’s scientists, medical professionals, and pharmaceutical companies race to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, one Bishop in Texas is using the opportunity to take a stand against the use of aborted babies in the development of vaccines.
Earlier this week, Bishop Joseph Strickland from Tyler, Texas, cowed in a tweet that he “will refuse” any potential vaccine that is made using tissue from “aborted children.”
In his tweet, he stated that it is “so sad” that even with this coronavirus “we are still debating the use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research,” adding that he “will refuse” any vaccine made this way, concluding that he “will not kill children to live.”
So sad…even with Covid-19 we are still debating the use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research…let me go on record…if a vaccine for this virus is only attainable if we use body parts of aborted children then I will refuse the vaccine…I will not kill children to live
— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) April 8, 2020
It would appear that Bishop Strickland’s concerns are quite justified.
As we’ve previously reported, the link between the abortion industry and vaccine researchers and developers is a troubling one that has given many pro-life groups and individuals pause when weighing the moral implications of vaccination.
Children of God for Life, a pro-life organization that focuses on the ethics of vaccines, discovered that many of the leading coronavirus vaccine developments are, in fact, using aborted fetal cells.
Children of God for Life reports on their website:
Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, a prolife organization whose mission is to end the use of aborted fetal material in vaccines and medicines, said her suspicions were raised after checking Moderna’s patents and in particular, the use of the Spike (S) protein.
The idea behind using this Spike protein in a vaccine with messenger RNA (mRNA) is to teach the patient’s immune system to produce its own protein antibodies to block and destroy the virus so the person will not become infected. Unfortunately, Vinnedge said her heart sank when she discovered that Spike protein was produced using HEK 293 aborted fetal cells.
Children of God for Life also discovered a vaccine developer owned by Johnson & Johnson “is using [its] PER C6 Ad5 technology, derived from an aborted baby’s retinal tissue.”
According to Children of God for Life, during a hearing of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a physician revealed how he harvested the fetal cells.
Despite these findings, however, Vinnedge made reference to another company, Sanofi, which is using a platform based on insect cells. “Their Sf9 cell line comes from the fall armyworm and is highly effective as a rapid growth medium. It has been used for several years in producing influenza vaccines.”
As LifeSiteNews notes, Bishop Strickland seems to be rather alone among bishops when it comes to speaking out against the use of aborted fetal tissue in the development of a coronavirus vaccine and other potentially unethical matters. For that, we applaud him.
In these crazy, uncertain times, it’s so important to keep our moral compasses in tune with God. It is not just “to do evil so that good may come” (Romans 3:8). The coronavirus pandemic is certainly scary, but we cannot allow fear to overcome that which we know to be right. Vaccines made using aborted fetal tissue support the abortion industry’s mass genocide on the unborn and for that reason, Christians must remain opposed to them.
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