- Approved ~ Lord Løki
Recently I got a text from a friend who said “There are fetal cells in the [COVID] vaccine.”
So I was prompted to look it up. Apparently that’s not exactly true. But what is true is that Pfizer and Moderna did perform confirmation tests (to ensure the vaccines work) using fetal cell lines.
Fetal cell lines are not the same as fetal tissue.
Fetal cell lines are cells that grow in a laboratory. They descend from cells taken from elective abortions in the 1970s and 1980s. Those individual cells from the 1970s and 1980s have since multiplied into many new cells over the past four or five decades, creating fetal cell lines. Current fetal cell lines are thousands of generations removed from the original fetal tissue.
And further, I may be wrong but it seems this technique is used to test other vaccines as well.
Vaccine makers may use these fetal cell lines in any of the following three stages of vaccine development:
- Development: Identifying what works
- Confirmation: Making sure it works
- Production: Manufacturing the formula that works
So, no fetal cell lines were used to manufacture the vaccine, and they are not inside the injection you receive from your doctor. They are however used to test the vaccine.
But does that make a difference to us as people of faith or even to those who oppose abortion regardless of worldview, as the fetal cell lines did originally derive from abortion no matter how far removed? Is thre manner of testing an issue for you if you oppose abortion?
At the bottom of the article referenced is a link that gives the Vatican’s perspective on the issue. (I’m not Catholic but I’m just giving their perspective)
The Vatican’s doctrinal office said that when alternative vaccines are not available, it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines developed or tested using cell lines originating from aborted fetuses.
However, “the licit use of such vaccines does not and should not in any way imply that there is a moral endorsement of the use of cell lines proceeding from aborted fetuses,” said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
“Both pharmaceutical companies and governmental health agencies are therefore encouraged 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,” it added in a note published Dec. 21.
The note “on the morality of using some anti-COVID-19 vaccines” had been reviewed by Pope Francis Dec. 17 and he ordered its publication, the doctrinal office said.
To me it sounds like they are talking out of both sides of their mouth.
What do you think?