I wonder what your thoughts are on childhood vaccinations, mainly those that contain fetal cell lines. We have recently discovered this horror and are endeavoring to try to find alternative vaccines that are ethical, to date there are none for the MMR and Hep A. Our Parish Priest, who belongs to the FSSP advised despite the whole double effect theory and the need for our children to have these questionable, vaccines does not outweigh the gravity of how they had been developed. Before speaking to him, we wrote a letter to HLI but haven’t received an answer.
I am in agreement with our PP but am so concerned about leaving our children vulnerable.
Regards, Lisa, Topeka, Kansas.
I received the above comment, plus a friend brought this up at church this morning (Thank you, Bozena), so I thought I’d comment on it while proving that I have not, in fact, quite dropped off the face of the earth, despite a gross neglect of the blog lately.
Lisa, I think I am going to disagree with your priest partially. While you certainly can, and should, object to your pediatrician and to the vaccine manufacturers, skipping these vaccines puts your children at risk of disease. There are a number of “beaten” diseases that are making a nasty comeback in the U.S., due partially to increased international travel and partially to illegal aliens, who, unlike legal immigrants, are not screened for communicable diseases.
A quick web search turned up an article about fetal cells, vaccines, and the Vatican position. (Issued in 2005. Why the heck do I never hear this from my parish or bishop?!?!) In short, the Pontifical Academy for Life, after a request for clarification, came back with the answer that parents should seek out vaccines that did not use aborted children in their production, wherever possible. Which is the problem: at least one vaccine does not have a non-aborted-tissue version. Several other vaccines have some batches and companies that are ok, and some that are not. The PAL also emphasized that parents should continue to pressure doctors and pharmaceutical companies to discontinue the practice of using aborted children’s tissues for vaccine production.
Several articles I came across point out that the handouts detail whether or not a specific vaccine was produced using a fetal cell line… but I’ve never seen or been offered the handouts that they say come with the vaccines; my pediatrician always gives me a laminated sheet detailing the possible adverse reactions of that general vaccine. Nothing has ever been said about the dangers or risks associated with any particular type or manufacturer of the vaccine. And I assumed my pediatrician would tell me something like that.
The question, of course, comes down to “How closely am I cooperating with the murder of an unborn child by using a vaccine cultured on their cells?”
In the case of, say, a pro-abortion politician, by voting for them you are assisting in the passage of pro-abortion legislation, which leads directly to more abortion deaths in the future. Although the cooperation is technically “remote”, in that you yourself are not performing or procuring the abortion, you are very much involved.
Is that what happens when we use a vaccine that used an aborted baby in its production? I’m not sure that we are.
After WWII, it was discovered that, among the other horrors the Nazis had perpetrated, they had done considerable research into various diseases. Unhampered by any ethical considerations or concern for their victims, the Nazi doctors had intentionally infected thousands of people for the purposes of experimenting on them. The ethical conundrum came up when the Allies found the records: the Nazis had discovered several cures.
To use the cures obtained by the careless murder of thousands, or to destroy the cures to keep our consciences clean?
The final decision that was reached was that the cures would be made available to the world, on the reasoning that the victims were already dead, whether we used the cures or not; to destroy the cures would be to render their deaths even more meaningless. However, the “researchers” would receive no honor nor payment for their participation in the discovery of the cures, due to the grossly inhumane methods they had used.
Merck, one of the primary offenders in using the fetal cell lines from aborted babies, has claimed that the lines it uses are all it will ever need. So, basically, they are claiming that they are in the same ethical position as the Allies discovering the Nazis’ research and choosing to use it to save lives. The problem is that a) they have just started using a new cell line (so their initial claim to innocence is false) and b) they are not in the position of the Allies but that of the Nazi scientists who directly benefited from the murder of innocents for their research.
The Pontifical Academy for Life described the use of abortion-derived vaccines as “remote and passive.” (Catholic theological parlance for, roughly, “you are not directly involved in the evil act in question” and “you are not influencing the occurence or non-occurence of the evil act in question.”) Their conclusion was that it is allowable for parents to vaccinate their children with abortion-derived vaccines when no other option is available. (There is plenty out there on the internet, however, questioning whether or not we should ever use fetal cell-derived vaccines and claiming links between aborted children’s DNA in the vaccines and various adverse reactions and later diseases, specifically autism, but also others:
How could the contaminating aborted fetal DNA create problems? It creates the potential for autoimmune responses and/or inappropriate insertion into our own genomes through a process called recombination. There are groups researching the potential link between this DNA and autoimmune diseases such as juvenile (type I) diabetes, multiple sclerosis and lupus. Our organization, Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, is focused on studying the quantity, characteristics and genomic recombination of the aborted fetal DNA found in many of our vaccines.
All of which I wish I’d heard or read back when I first heard about this and concluded that it would be too hard to keep track of which companies and batches were ok and which weren’t… so I ignored it. It makes me sick to my stomach to think that I was warned of the problem (albeit, not warned, that I remember, about the consequences, which still makes me no less culpable) and chalked it up as just one thing too many to worry about, since my little dissent wasn’t going to change the drug companies’ behavior.
A full list of vaccines with their ethical options is available at Children of God for Life, under the button on the left that says “Vaccine Sources”.