Pro-Life Bishops Agree to Abortion-Derived Cell Lines in COVID Vaccine

By JoLynn Live
March 6, 2021

In the article below, Catholics have been discouraged by two US Bishops from partaking in the Johnson & Johnson vaccination program due to abortion-derived cell lines within the vaccine. The Catholic Church denounces abortion and to take this brand of vaccine would go against their Pro-Life stance, believing it is morally unacceptable.

It is common practice within children’s vaccines to have aborted fetal cell strains as a compound. Someone else’s DNA gets vaccinated into our sons and daughters, though many parents are ignorant of this fact.

Two US Bishops recently issued a statement: “it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.  If one can choose among equally safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen.

If the bottom line issue in rejecting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a stand against abortion due to it being morally unacceptable, why is using abortion-derived cell lines okay to use in a pinch?

If Catholics or any other faith for that matter tell their congregants to compromise one’s belief system under certain conditions, then they are not good leaders. If people claim to be Pro-Life but are willing to compromise, then they ought to remove themselves from such a title. Abortion is either morally acceptable or it is not but to claim being Pro-Life yet agree to an abortion-related vaccine is disingenuous.

If the Catholic Church’s Leadership firmly believed that abortion is morally unacceptable, then not even the lack of a vaccine would hinder that belief.

People of all walks of faith expect their religious leaders to provide a moral compass for their followers. When that moral compass has been compromised, the Church’s reputation gets reduced to simply being another club.

It’s no wonder people outside of religious circles look in and cry, “hypocrite.”

Opinion: JoLynn Live, C-VINE Contributor

US Bishops Discourage Catholics From Receiving Johnson & Johnson Vaccine If Alternatives Available Over Abortion Link

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March 5, 2021 Updated: March 5, 2021

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a statement on March 2 encouraging Catholics to avoid getting the latest adenovirus vector COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson if alternatives are available.

In Thursday’s statement, Bishop Kevin Rhoades, chairman of the conference’s Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the conference’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, recommended Catholics get the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna over Johnson & Johnson, if possible, because the latter adenovirus vector vaccine was developed with the help of abortion-derived cell lines.

“The approval of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in the United States again raises questions about the moral permissibility of using vaccines developed, tested, and/or produced with the help of abortion-derived cell lines,” the Bishops wrote in their statement.

“Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines raised concerns because an abortion-derived cell line was used for testing them, but not in their production. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, however, was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines raising additional moral concerns.”

Johnson & Johnson’s stem cell line comes from an abortion performed in 1985, according to Science.

This has prompted criticism from a number of Catholic groups, including The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, who last week urged people to avoid having Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, calling it “morally compromised.”

The guidance was at odds with The Vatican, which in December declared that it is “morally acceptable” for Roman Catholics to receive any COVID-19 vaccines, including those based on research that originally used cells derived from aborted fetuses.

Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, both received COVID-19 vaccines in February.

Bishop Rhoades and Archbishop Naumann said that when “ethically irreproachable” COVID-19 vaccines are not available, it is morally acceptable for Catholics to receive vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.

However, they urged Catholics to try and choose COVID-19 vaccines with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines when possible.

“Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s,” the Bishops continued.

“While we should continue to insist that pharmaceutical companies stop using abortion-derived cell lines, given the world-wide suffering that this pandemic is causing, we affirm again that being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good,” they added.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the third to be authorized for use in the United States, and unlike Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, it only requires one shot.

Johnson & Johnson said in a statement to The Hill on Tuesday, “We are able to manufacture hundreds of millions of doses using our engineered cell-line system and look forward to delivering those doses around the world and help meet the critical need.”

The statement also noted that the vaccine “uses an inactivated non-infective adenovirus vector—similar to a cold virus—that codes for the coronavirus ‘spike’ (S) protein” and that “there is no fetal tissue in the vaccine” itself.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which isn’t available in the United States, is also a adenovirus vector vaccine that has been developed from kidney cell lines derived from a fetus aborted in 1973.

The Epoch Times has contacted Johnson & Johnson for comment.

JoLynn LiveNews Posted by: C-VINE Citizen Journalist, JoLynn Live! She is a Singer; a Wife of 37 years; Home-school mom to 10; Grandma to 11; Chicken Farmer; Patriot; and an active C-VINE News contributor.

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