Are There Remains of Aborted Babies Used in Vaccines?

How Vaccines Are Produced

All vaccines undergo several stages of development before they are approved for public use by the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research or by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). The process begins with the exploratory stage, then proceeds to the pre-clinical stage, clinical development (initial testing, testing on intended target group, and large-scale testing), regulatory review and approval, and finally manufacturing and distribution, always with continuous quality control during the entire sequence.

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There are three classes of vaccines in use today that have profound moral implications because some of them use material from aborted preborn children during their testing and manufacturing phases:

  1. Vaccines which use no fetal tissue during any phase of their development, testing and production. These are always ethical to use.
  2. Vaccines that used fetal tissue from so-called “immortal” cell lines that were derived from babies which were aborted long ago. These can be used under certain circumstances, as described later in this article.
  3. Vaccines that are currently obtained from abortion clinics as part of the lucrative market in fetal organs and cells. These are never permissible to use.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

First, we must consider the class of vaccines which immunize against COVID-19. As of March 2021, the Charlotte Lozier Institute lists about fifty vaccines of several different types in actual use or undergoing various stages of testing.

About twenty of these vaccines use material from aborted babies during their development, production and testing phases. On the other hand, this means that more than half of the available COVID-19 vaccines do not resort to the use of material from aborted babies at all.

 

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This is a summary of the latest information regarding the ethical suitability of the three classes of COVID-19 vaccines produced in the United States:

Vaccines using no fetal tissue (ethical):

  • VLA 2001 (Valneva and Dynavax)
  • VSVΔG/V590 (Merck and IAVI)
  • KBP-201 (Kentucky BioProcessing)
  • Baculovirus plus AS03 (Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline)
  • T-VIVA-19 (Sorrento).

Vaccines using “immortal” fetal cell lines (some cell lines do use fetal tissue in confirmatory lab tests, and some do not):

  • UB-612 (COVAXX and United Biomedical)
  • mRNA-1273 (Moderna/NIH)
  • NVX-CoV2373 (Novavax)
  • LUNAR-CoV19/ARCT-021 (Arcturus Therapeutics)
  • BNT-162a1,b1,b2,b3,c2 (Pfizer and BioNTech)
  • MRT5500 (Sanofi Pasteur and Translate Bio)
  • INO-4800 (Inovio Pharma).

Vaccines using “fresh” fetal tissue (unethical):

  • AdCOVID (Altimmune)
  • AZD1222 (AstraZeneca)
  • hAd5 S-Fusion+N-ETSD (ImmunityBio and NantKwest)
  • Ad26.COV2-S (Janssen and Johnson & Johnson)
  • VXA-CoV2-1 (Vaxart)
  • PittCoVacc (University of Pittsburgh)

 

Vaccines against Other Diseases

There is also the class of vaccines against other diseases that are produced under the names MRC-5 and WI-38. The latter include Varivax for chicken‑pox, Meruvax II for rubella (German measles), and Havrix and Vaqta for Hepatitis A.1

The MRC-5 and WI-38 cell lines originated from babies aborted in 1961. Their cells were regenerated by Merck and other corporations and are used in the Varivax and Meruvax II vaccines. These cell lines are technically “immortal,” because technicians can sustain them in a laboratory indefinitely under the proper conditions.2

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Our Moral Obligation

There is some confusion today among pro‑life people (especially parents) regarding the morality of using vaccines that may have been produced using the tissue of aborted preborn babies.

Currently, there are two particular areas of concern involving vaccines that were tested and/or developed in part using fetal tissue derived from aborted babies who died decades ago and whose tissue is regenerated in laboratories.

In June 2005, the Pontifical Academy for Life published a document entitled Moral Reflections on Vaccines Prepared from Cells Derived from Aborted Human Fetuses, which answers most questions that Catholics might have about the morality of using vaccines that are derived from the cell lines of aborted preborn children.

The document recognizes the great value of eradicating diseases that have plagued mankind for millennia, calling this a “milestone” of modern medical technology. The Catholic Church has always supported advances in all areas of medical technology so long as they adhere to moral standards. However, over the past half-century, many morally questionable ― and outright evil ― practices have surfaced. Certain procedures that attempt to derive good from evil acts are ethically murky and create doubt, such as producing lifesaving vaccines from a procedure (abortion) that ends life.

The primary question is: How closely do vaccine users cooperate in the evil of abortion?

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There are generally three degrees of cooperation regarding the manufacture, sale and use of vaccines originating with aborted babies.

  • To begin with, those who procure tissue from aborted babies to produce a vaccine from it are guilty of formally cooperating in abortion by approving of and taking advantage of the very act of abortion itself. Some current‑day tissue collectors cooperate so closely with abortion mills that they are frequently inside the abortuary at the time the abortions are being performed so they can package and preserve the organs immediately. They are as guilty as the boyfriend who pays for the abortion, the friend who drives her to the abortion mill, or the abortionist who performs the actual procedure.
  • Somewhat removed from this direct cooperation in abortion are those who market, advertise and distribute the resulting vaccines. But these activities are also morally illicit, because they “could contribute in encouraging the performance of other voluntary abortions, with the purpose of producing such vaccines” (Moral Reflections, Section 6).
  • Finally, there are the doctors and patients who use these vaccines, even though they know about their origin. They are permitted to use the vaccines when no alternative is available, in order to avoid “significant risks to their health” and “indirectly the [health of the] population as a whole.” However, this causes the “moral coercion of the conscience of parents, who are forced to choose to act against their conscience or otherwise to put the health of their children and of the population as a whole at risk. This is an unjust alternative choice, which must be eliminated as soon as possible” (Moral Reflections, Summary).

The document Moral Reflections describes our moral duty to do more than just passively resist evil; we must actively fight it. We are all obliged to “oppose by all means the vaccines which do not yet have morally acceptable alternatives, creating pressure so that alternative vaccines are prepared.”

Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Director of Education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center, gives us some guidance on what specific actions we can take. He says that parents can

…ask their health-care providers for accurate information detailing whether particular vaccines were developed using cell lines of illicit origin. This engages the health-care profession in a discussion that it very much needs to become party to. Parents can make known their disagreement by writing to the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the vaccines.3

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The Ethical “Bottom Line”

In summary, conscientious pro‑lifers are forced to weigh their own children’s health against participating in an illicit and immoral procedure that has already killed preborn children. This question is more prominent now than it ever has been before, what with the spread of COVID-19 and urgent calls for mandatory universal vaccination. Dignitas Personae makes the ethical course of action clear:

Therefore, it needs to be stated that there is a duty to refuse to use such “biological material” even when there is no close connection between the researcher and the actions of those who performed [the abortion]. This duty springs from the necessity to remove oneself, within the area of one’s own research, from a gravely unjust legal situation and to affirm with clarity the value of human life. (Dignitas Personae ¶35, emphasis in the original)

Fortunately, we also have the expert opinion of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, which confirms the guidelines in Dignitas Personae:</emi

In addition, the use of these cell lines, even for the laudable purpose of a COVID-19 vaccine, is a cause of serious theological scandal. Appealing to good aims and an “urgent need” will foster the deeper penetration of unethical research and development into medicine, politics, law, and culture. Dignitas Personae warns against this: “Any appearance of acceptance would in fact contribute to the growing indifference to, if not the approval of, such actions in certain medical and political circles.” (Dignitas Personae ¶35).4

In summary, then, we must keep in mind that there are vaccines available against COVID-19 and other diseases that are not produced with the use of aborted fetal material. There is no moral obstacle to using such vaccines.

However, if an ethical alternative is simply not available, it is up to the individual to use his or her conscience and weigh the benefits against the costs of using such a vaccine. It is entirely permissible to reject the use of a vaccine that is developed, tested or manufactured with the use of material from aborted babies. No civil or church authority has the moral power to compel us to accept a vaccine, although recent developments seem to indicate that many “progressives” favor forcible vaccination of religious people against COVID-19.

In any case, whether or not we receive a vaccine that depends upon aborted babies, we must continue to speak out forcefully against the practice of manufacturing and using vaccines of any type with illicit origins.

 

Sources of Current Information

Anyone wishing to be more informed on the complex issue of vaccinations can refer to several reliable pro-life sources. For technical information, see the website of the organization Children of God for Life, which was founded by Debi Vinnedge in 1999. Then there is AVM Biotechnology, founded in 2008 by Dr. Theresa Deisher, who holds 23 biotechnology patents.

For the opinions of leading Catholic bioethicists, see the website of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

A general list of licit and illicit vaccines is published in card form and on the Internet by the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute.

COVID-19 vaccine

Two publications that deal directly with COVID-19 vaccines:

 

Moral Alternatives to Aborted Fetal Vaccines

COVID-19:

  • AG0301-COVID19 and AG0302-COVID19 [Japan]
  • BBIBP-CorV [China]
  • BBV152 and COVAXIN [India]
  • CVnCoV [Germany]
  • IIBR-100 [Israel]
  • New Crown COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 [China]
  • T-VIVA-19 [USA]
  • ZyCov-D [India]

Hepatitis-B Only: Recombivax HB (Merck) and Engerix B (GSK)

Polio-Containing Vaccines:

  • IPOL (Sanofi)
  • IPOL+Any DTaP (GSK, Sanofi)
  • ImovaxPolio (Sanofi)*
  • InfanrixHexa Polio+HiB (GSK)
  • Pediacel Polio+DTaP+HiB (Sanofi)
  • Pediatrix Polio+DTaP+Hepatitis-B (Sanofi)

Rabies: RabAvert (Chiron/Novartis)

 

Vaccines with Aborted Fetal Tissue

Chickenpox/Varicella: Varivax (Merck)

Chickenpox+MMR: ProQuad (Merck)

COVID-19:

  • COV2-S (Janssen/Johnson & Johnson)
  • AdCOVID (Altimmune)
  • AZD1222 (AstraZeneca)
  • Ad5-nCoV (CanSino)
  • ChAdOX1nCoV-19 (AstraZeneca)
  • Gam-COVID-Vac (Gamaleya)
  • hAd5 S-Fusion + NETSD (ImmunityBio)
  • PittCoVacc (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Sputnik V (Gamaleya)
  • V591/TMV-083 (Institut Pasteur/Themis/Merck)
  • VXA-CoV2-1 (Vaxart)

Hepatitis-A based: Vaqta (Merck); Havrix (GSK); Twinrix Hepatitis A+B (GSK)

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR): MMR II (Merck)

Polio: Poliovax (Sanofi) and Pentacel Polio+DTaP+HiB (Sanofi)

Rabies: Imovax (Sanofi)*

Shingles: Zostavax (Merck)

 

*ImovaxPolio [moral] is for polio, and Imovax [aborted fetal material] is for rabies.

 

Endnotes

[1] Vaccines that use the human cell line WI-38, derived from aborted preborn children, include the following:

  • Rubella vaccines Meruvax© (Merck), Rudivax© (Sanofi Pasteur, France), and Ervevax© (RA 27/3) (GlaxoSmithKline, Belgium)
  • Rubella/measles vaccines M‑R‑VAX© (Merck) and Rudi‑Rouvax© (AVP, France)
  • Rubella/mumps vaccine Biavax© (Merck)
  • Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccines M‑M‑R© II (Merck), R.O.R.© and Trimovax© (Sanofi Pasteur, France), and Priorix© (GlaxoSmithKline, Belgium)

Vaccines that use the human cell line MRC-5, also derived from aborted preborn children, include the following:

  • Hepatitis A vaccines VAQTA (Merck) and HAVRIX (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Chicken pox vaccine Varivax© (Merck) (also uses WI‑38)
  • Poliomyelitis vaccine Poliovax© (Aventis‑Pasteur, France)
  • Rabies vaccine Imovax© (Aventis‑Pasteur, France)
  • Smallpox vaccine AC AM 1000 (Acambis)

[2] Experimental Cell Research 37:614‑636, 1965; Nature 227:168‑170, 1970; May 10, 1995 press release entitled “Aborted Babies Used as Source for Rubella Vaccine.” Ohio Parents for Vaccine Safety.

[3] J.J. Ziegler. “Dignitas Personae and Childhood Vaccinations.” Catholic World Report, May 14, 2011.

[4] National Catholic Bioethics Center. “COVID-19 Vaccines: Promote Life and Health Without Undermining Human Dignity.” April 8, 2020.



25 Comments

  1. DR ROBERT C RICE on May 28, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Thank you for your detailed report.

  2. Jill Dewing on May 28, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    And what about the fact that nearly every company pursuing a vaccine for Covid-19 is using aborted fetal cell lines and is in grave violation of our shared beliefs??

  3. esther endris on May 28, 2020 at 4:37 PM

    This still does not eliminate the former baby’s DNA present in these vaccines that we pump into our children.
    Foreign DNA causes problems like rejection, for adults who have implant procedures. It is probably not safe for our children either.
    It could be very guilty for the Very very high incidence of Autism is our children today, 55 out of 100 is not acceptable.

    Why can’t these pharmaceuticals return to producing vaccines with former bases that spared our children the neurological damages in their brains from Autism. This is the Best answer to the immorality question!

  4. Kathleen E Raimondi on May 28, 2020 at 11:32 PM

    I cannot agree that a person receiving a vaccine now does not share the sin of the 60 year old abortion. Evil is timeless. The theory that since the original stem cell lines are prolific into “immortality”. there is low risk of current abortions to provide these cells, I wonder how it would impact the pharmaceutical companies if people would stand on integrity and refuse vaccines made with aborted cells. It might even impact future vaccines,

  5. maureen Brodie on May 29, 2020 at 1:08 AM

    Thank you for this very informative article. I have been pro vaccines all my life, receiving them for all of my children, recently through a daughter in law I have been made aware of aborted fetal tissue in vaccines and am absolutely horrified at this . As a person who has been involved with pro life throughout my life I will be now sharing this information to as many as possible

    • Pete on October 5, 2021 at 10:16 PM

      I have been crying reading this article. I did not know and have asked God for forgiveness. I will be sharing with others.

  6. Laura on May 29, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Along with aborted fetal cells in vaccines are neurotoxins. If vaccines only had neurotoxins, it would not be a moral choice to give to anyone.

    There are other ways to prevent disease and strengthen one’s immune system.

  7. Robert Clemente on August 17, 2020 at 9:08 AM

    Does it matter that it’s from babies in 1961? Do you, Doc, think it’s a good idea to inject someone with foreign DNA?

  8. Maureen on September 13, 2020 at 10:04 PM

    I’m still so uneasy about these vaccines–no mention of HPV in here…?

  9. Fallon on September 15, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    So let me get this straight. People “benefitting” NOW from research that is immoral and the crime was committed back THEN, this time difference makes it ok to use the fruits of that labor?

    Why was it that the research from the experiments done on the Jews was destroyed with the explanation that such heinous actions should never be used to benefit others, but somehow the vaccines that came from abortions are ok? Why didn’t we just put the NAZI research in a vault and wait 40-60 years and then start using their discoveries to benefit mankind?

    The duration of time between a heinous action and the average person “benefitting” from that action should play no role in our acceptance of it. It shouldn’t be accepted.

  10. Rose White on November 26, 2020 at 12:57 AM

    Not True that they havent used other aborted chidren after the original 2. do your research

  11. Felix on December 15, 2020 at 2:46 AM

    The issue I have with cloned cells from an aborted foetus being injected into us isn’t purely based on the morality of abortion, it is also to do with the belief that injecting cloned foreign dna into my body is not actually a good idea.

  12. Jake Blackfeather on January 5, 2021 at 12:51 AM

    I don’t care if the abortion tissue was harvested 5 years ago, or yesterday. Wrong is wrong.

    • Victoria Bell on October 20, 2021 at 7:36 AM

      You have to wonder what else are these tissues are being used for that we don’t know about. Is it just shots or other things I think it would be smart to start asking question about what goes into your body they are not telling us. Jesus has to be crying. So, when we were all small and received shots not knowing this does that also put the blood on our hands?. All I can do is Repent.

  13. Terry on January 5, 2021 at 10:02 PM

    It can never be morally licit to take a vaccine from an aborted baby cell line. Anyone who claims it is fine is not speaking Catholic truth. Even if they were the Pope. We can never ever benefit from anything that required the death of another human by murder.

  14. Tonna on January 12, 2021 at 9:48 AM

    They 100 % use aborted fetal cells from abortions from Planned Parenthood, they also harvest them from live births while the hearts are beating WITH NO ANESTHESIA! Look up Dr Theresa Deischer. Look up Dr. Stanley Plotkin’s deposition. Look up undercover videos at stem cell research centers and Planned Parenthood. They are lying to us all. They end up in your vial and it is frightening. Look up the Hghwire.com Del Bigtree. Vaccines are one of the biggest lies in medicine. They all should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

  15. Belinda on February 3, 2021 at 4:12 PM

    Can someone pleasd tell me if they’re using aborted fedal tissue in the vaccines they came out with for covid?.

    • HLI Staff on February 23, 2021 at 10:05 AM

      Thank you for the great question, Belinda. Rather than summarize, I’d like to refer you to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which has all the information anyone needs, https://lozierinstitute.org/?x=0&y=0&s=vaccine

      • garcia on June 9, 2021 at 5:18 PM

        Thank you for taking the time to research and inform. May God bless you all.

        Do you have resources in Spanish?

        • HLI Staff on June 10, 2021 at 10:11 AM

          We do! You could visit our Spanish website https://vidahumana.org/. We also have some print materials available in Spanish here at HLI HQ. Feel free to reach out to us at 1-800-549-5433 to discuss your specific needs.

    • ER on August 28, 2021 at 11:23 AM

      They do not necessarily use fetal tissue. However, many of them use fetal cell lines derived from aborted fetuses either in the development, production, or testing phase. For more info on this go to the following site. It has a long list of covid vaccine manufacturers and which fetal cell lines they use. Hope that helps. https://lozierinstitute.org/update-covid-19-vaccine-candidates-and-abortion-derived-cell-lines/

  16. Viola Nicholls on August 22, 2021 at 11:47 AM

    As a nurse I took a vow to preserve life all life including unborn babies. Wrong is wrong killing God’s creations is pure evil. I will not receive any vaccine from any manufacturer who used old or new aborted babies and I run the risk of loosing my job. I already had Covid-19 in January and survived my body made antibodies and still they want to force me to vaccinate. God give me strength. Any suggestions??

    • ER on August 28, 2021 at 11:12 AM

      The Solari Report website has downloadable Covid-19 forms for employees. This is a form every employee who is faced with this situation needs to submit to the authorized officer of their company. It is requires them to respond to your questions (already on the form for you), provides you with requirements by the FDA, makes them review the ways they are breaking the law or ethical principles related to human experimentation and choice, and holds them 100% financially responsible, requiring a signature. I hope that helps.

  17. Lisa Jenkins on September 10, 2021 at 5:11 AM

    Thank you for the Important Information.
    I oppose the COVID vaccines and boosters they are Extremely Harmful and have caused well over 13,900 deaths and well over 650,000 horrible adverse reactions.
    Also it is a proven fact that the COVID vaccines do not prevent a person from getting the COVID virus. The COVID vaccines in the body attract the variants, this is reason that people that have gotten the COVID vaccine continue to get the virus.
    I urge everyone to please oppose these Extremely Harmful vaccines and boosters.

  18. Zinnia Vandenberg on October 16, 2021 at 11:17 AM

    When my husband & I were trying to get accurate info. re: the COVID-19 vaccinations, when searching on-line
    for some reason, our devices kept deleting data and/or not finding answers to our questions or directing us to sites like yours that told the truth. Finally other Catholics told us the Church says okay to get vaccine, as long as not Johnson& Johnson, so in our ignorance,we decided to get vaccinated. If we had found your website, we would never have done it! A STRANGE THING KEEPS OCCURRING whenever I try to type comments like this or
    enter searches on this subject via GOOGLE, I’m having same issues as I reported above in my 1st sentence.
    Are such searches and websites being hacked in some way? Go away Satan !!! Our loving God almighty, grant that
    my comment & others like it will be received & encourage others to persist in seeking wisdom to do HIS will.

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