Embryonic tissues from abortions have been used for decades in scientific research such as treatments for Ebola or cancer.
The multinational Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine ran in the Catholic Church in the United States, where some bishops They recommend not using this serum as it is made by stem cells derived from abortions.
The latest to join in this reluctance was Bishop Robert Deale of the Diocese of Portland, who asked his church to choose vaccines other than J&J.
In a statement, Dealey said it “If anyone can choose between the equally safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19, they should choose vaccines that have minimal contact with aborted cells.”
“Therefore, if anyone has the ability to choose a vaccine, they should choose Pfizer and Moderna before Johnson & Johnson,” he continued.
Abortion, at the center of controversy
Dealey summed up the sentiments of some officials at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who clarified their position this week.
Bishop Kevin C., chairman of the organization’s theoretical committee Archbishop Joseph F. of Rhodes and Kansas City. Naumann, chairman of the conference’s pro-life action group, released a statement on Tuesday expressing their concerns about the J&J product, which “raises questions about the moral permissions to use vaccines developed, tested and / or manufactured with the help of aborted cell lines.”
They emphasized that the Pfizer and Modern vaccines were similar to those used in their experiments, but not in their production, but were developed, tested and manufactured with J&J.
Because of that, They advised you not to choose J&J serum if you choose to get one of the other two.
However, citing the Vatican Council’s recommendation for the doctrine of faith, they opened the door to J&J, which said that it was “morally acceptable to get vaccines against Govt-19 when they were not ethically condemned.” And used in the production process ”.
Some dioceses in the United States have adopted a similar position, such as New Orleans or Pittsburgh. Catholics advised to choose Pfizer and Moderna products over J&J, Bishop Robert W., who runs San Diego. People like McIlroy argue that it is legal to get any one of the three vaccines approved in the country.
“Because we live in a complex world, Catholic moral teaching is sometimes very complex and has its nuances in its rationale for how to guide the issues of balancing good and evil when faced with ethical preferences,” McIlroy echoed.
Vaccination is an act of “true love”
“But I would like to clarify to San Diego’s Catholic communities and the Imperial Districts the specific moral and pastoral issue of obtaining vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca. Getting one is totally moral. “
He stressed that when any of these products are available, “true love” is shown to God and to the neighbor.
It is used in the treatment of Ebola and cancer
The Embryonic tissue from abortions has been used for decades in scientific research, Like looking for treatments for Ebola or cancer.
According to an article in the journal Science last June, cells derived from abortions have been used since the 1960s to make vaccines such as rubella, chickenpox or hepatitis A; As well as developing treatment against diseases such as rheumatism or hemophilia.
According to that text, as of June 2020, at least five vaccine candidates against COVID-19 used one of two human embryonic lines: HEK-293 and PER.C6.
In the United States, so far Users have no choice but to choose the COVID-19 vaccine Because it depends on the amount available where they get it. (I)