Archdiocese: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine ‘Morally Compromised’
The New Orleans Archdiocese has warned Catholics that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is “morally compromised” as the production of the vaccine uses aborted fetal cell lines.1
This is the latest concern in a rising number of challenges linked to the COVID-19 vaccines that were developed under Operation Warp Speed2 to accelerate the development and distribution of a “vaccine.” In less than one year, several drug companies reportedly accomplished what often takes up to 15 years.3
Yet the term “vaccine” associated with the COVID-19 shot is a misnomer as it doesn’t meet the medical or legal definition of a vaccine, as detailed in “COVID-19 mRNA Shots Are Legally Not Vaccines.”
Rather, it is genetic therapy that comes with a considerable list of potential long-term health concerns, not the least of which is the troubling evidence suggesting some of the mRNA shots may cause prion diseases such as Alzheimer’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Immunologist Dr. Bart Classen writes:4
“Development of new vaccine technology has been plagued with problems in the past. The current RNA-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccines were approved in the US using an emergency order without extensive long-term safety testing. The results indicate that the vaccine RNA has specific sequences that may induce TDP-43 and FUS to fold into their pathologic prion confirmations.
The enclosed finding as well as additional potential risks lead the author to believe that regulatory approval of the RNA-based vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 was premature and that the vaccine may cause much more harm than benefit.”
Amid the challenges of physical adverse effects from the vaccines, the lack of adequate testing and the underhanded methods in which vaccination may ultimately be made mandatory, many are now faced with the moral dilemma of being injected with genetic material that was grown in aborted fetal cell cultures.5
Aborted Fetal Cell Cultures Used in Vaccine Production
February 27, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration6 announced the authorization of emergency use for the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. At the same time, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced that the vaccine is “morally compromised as it uses the abortion-derived cell line in development and production of the vaccine as well as the testing.”7
In addition to their warning that Catholics avoid the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of its “extensive use of abortion-derived cell lines,”8 the Archdiocese acknowledged that while there:9
“ … was some lab testing that utilized the abortion-derived cell line, the two vaccines currently available from Pfizer and Moderna do not rely on cell lines from abortions in the manufacturing process and therefore can be morally acceptable for Catholics as the connection to abortion is extremely remote.”
There are other clergy members that disagree with using any of the vaccines available for COVID-19 since, as the statement above indicates, abortion-derived cell lines were used in the lab testing.10 However, the Vatican has been aggressively pro-vaccine and approved the use, writing:11
“In this sense, when ethically irreproachable Covid-19 vaccines are not available … it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.”
The debate within the Catholic Church has a long history, which centers on using HEK293 cells that were harvested from an aborted fetus in the early 1970s.12 The disagreement leaves many within the church without clear guidance from religious leaders.
Semantics and Technicalities Used to ‘Debunk’ the Truth
Much of the confusion about using aborted fetal tissue in testing and production can be summed up in the statement from The Washington Post, which said in an archived version of a March 2, 2021, article, “The cells used now, such as those used in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, are not from the original fetal tissue.”13 It should also be noted that an updated version14 of the same article deletes this quote without mentioning that the article has been changed.
This is a common mistake that has been perpetuated in the media using general language to describe the process, which is precisely what self-declared fact-checkers use when they rate something false or misleading. As detailed in ”Several COVID-19 Vaccines Are Made Using Aborted Fetal Cells,” the answer lies in the technicalities and not in the general terms.
There have been several cell lines commonly used in vaccine development that originated from aborted fetuses.15 Six vaccine makers are using at least one of these cell lines in the development of COVID-19 vaccines, including AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Fact-checkers label “false” the claims that cell lines from an aborted fetus have been used in the testing and development of the vaccine for several reasons. Some critics of abortion-derived cell lines have claimed that the vaccines contain the cells, and since the vaccines literally do not contain abortion-derived cells, the entire claim is labeled as false.
In other instances, fact-checkers claim the cell lines are not original, as in the statement from The Washington Post, but rather a clone. While there may indeed be some who are concerned that the cells could be in the vaccine, typically, the moral objection is to the use of aborted fetal cells in medical re
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