Church Leaders: Don’t Get Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine, It Was Made With Aborted Baby Cells

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Church Leaders: Don’t Get Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine, It Was Made With Aborted Baby Cells

Church Leaders: Don’t Get Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine, It Was Made With Aborted Baby Cells

Catholic Church leaders across the U.S. are advising people to avoid the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine because of its connection to abortion and opt for more ethical alternatives. Bishops in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Colorado and other states said they have “moral concerns” about the newly-approved vaccine because it was developed with cell lines created from aborted babies.

Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines

Accurate information about the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines is essential, especially because many proposed candidates use newer molecular technologies for production of a viral vaccine. One concern regarding the ethical assessment of viral vaccine candidates is the potential use of abortion-derived cell lines in the development, production or testing of a vaccine.

Which Coronavirus Vaccines are Being Developed Using Body Parts From Aborted Babies?

The race is on to find a vaccine for COVID-19. The good news is that many of the world’s largest vaccine companies are developing promising vaccine candidates using ethically-derived cells. The bad news is that many of the leading vaccine candidates for the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) are being developed using fetal cell lines that were originally derived from the tissues of aborted babies in the 1970s and 80s.

An Ethics Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Programs

Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Chart This is Issue 46 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 46: An Ethics Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Programs This page outlines the ethical considerations involved solely in vaccine production, based on information present at the time of publication.