Over the weekend, a Catholic bishop urged Christians to demand ethical vaccine alternatives and reject vaccines that are developed using aborted fetal byproducts.
“I renew my call that we reject any vaccine that is developed using aborted children,” Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler in Texas said on Twitter. “Even if it originated decades ago it still means a child’s life was ended before it was born & then their body was used as spare parts. We will never end abortion if we do not END THIS EVIL!”
According to Life News, Strickland has led the charge of Catholic and pro-life leaders urging researchers to develop a coronavirus vaccine without relying on tissue and other products from aborted human children.
“Just because the crime of abortion is considered legal in our nation does not mean it is morally permissible to use the dead bodies of these children to cure a global pandemic,” Strickland said back in April. “Emphatically, this practice is evil.”
“I urge you to join me, NOW, in passionately but prayerfully speaking out against this practice,” Strickland said.
“Scientists I’ve spoken with assure me that there is no medical necessity for using aborted children in order to develop the much-needed vaccine to protect us from this particular strain of Coronavirus,” Strickland went on. “Thankfully, ethical means are available and can prove to be just as effective in developing vaccines; umbilical cells, placental cells, adult stem cells and other sources of cells, including even those of insects, provide completely viable paths to an effective vaccine.”
Life News also reported that aborted fetal byproducts are not the only option available to medical researchers:
Pro-life leaders also have highlighted how ethical alternatives to tissue from aborted babies are available, including pluripotent stem cells and tissue from placentas, umbilical cords and amniotic fluid. In 2018, the Trump administration created a $20 million grant to invest in these ethical research alternatives.
Additionally, some scientists say research using aborted baby body parts has not been successful.
According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, 17 research groups are conducting ethical vaccine experiments while five are not. The five using aborted baby body parts in their research include researchers with the University of Oxford, Johnson & Johnson and the University of Pittsburgh. The Oxford research is considered to be one of the most promising for a vaccine.
Back in May, Catholic Archbishop Joseph Naumann joined Strickland in urging pro-life advocates to speak out against this practice.
Speaking with EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, Naumann said now is the time to demand ethically-developed vaccines: “I think all we need really is for our pharmaceutical companies to realize that this is offensive to a large number of Americans and give them the encouragement, give our government the encouragement, to make sure these vaccines are not morally compromised in any way.”
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