Friday, February 19, 2016
How Your Vaccine Choices are Connected to the Abortion Industry
**Before I get to the meat of my post, I have to inform you of what it is NOT about - this is NOT about the medical efficacy of vaccines. I repeat, this is NOT a discussion of the medical efficacy of vaccines! This post is about the morality of the use of some vaccines because of how they were manufactured. Please do not comment on the thread below unless it is within the scope of this post. For the comments to be beneficial to us, we need the discussion in the comments section to be focused on what things we might do to fix this problem.**
This post is a humble appeal to those who would consider themselves “pro-life,” but struggle to see, are simply unaware, or even willfully ignorant of how their choices on this matter actually influence the growth or reduction of the abortion industry at large. We all have more influence and responsibility on this issue than we might think at first glance.
The abortion industry is booming, far more reaching than Planned Parenthood, and we can say with great confidence they are making money off of the supply of babies coming in to be murdered within their doors. It is a lucrative, corrupt business and that is the most gentle way I could possibly say it. The hours of secret Planned Parenthood investigative videos gives us a great deal of insight into that truth. (The information in those films has not been debunked by the way, just deemed as unsuitable evidence for filing suit because of the undercover way in which it was acquired.) Millions of babies are being electively aborted each year around the world. Check out this abortion clock to get a sense of the problem.
If you weren’t aware of the issue of aborted fetal components being used in the process of vaccine development, (and I wasn’t myself until very recently,) it’s time you heard it. These two articles talk about the issue from different perspectives, while providing a lot of information both to study and contemplate. This one approaches the issue from a more pro-vax stance, and this one from a more anti-vax stance. Looking at them together can help us to untangle what is true and false. The links connected to the second article are also very helpful.
The pro-vax article provides one bit of information for us, that I will use to inform us of our moral dilemma today, and that is this:
In both the cell lines WI-38 and MCR-5, (the two cell lines presently being used in the manufacture of many vaccines). . .
“. . .It is quite clear that the aborted children were presumed to be healthy, and that there was no life-threatening condition or other medically-indicated reason for the abortion of these two babies.”
Want to know which vaccines contain these cell lines and which ones, don’t? Check out the CDC’s vaccine ingredient list for yourself.
We know that the toll of electively aborted fetuses used in research to develop cell lines for selective vaccines is higher than two, though the actual number is not completely clear. Additionally, the continued harvest of fetal tissue is not part of the development of vaccines we already have. That said, I will be arguing today, that there are still morally compelling reasons why we as pro-lifers should shun the use of vaccines created with the use of human cell lines WI-38 and MCR-5.
We live in a world in which the biotech industry is exploding. It is said to be “the last great growth frontier” of the business world. What we choose to do with this technology – especially at this moment in time – will determine the course of the industry and our society for the foreseeable future.
Here is how we participate in growing the abortion industry if we encourage, give, or use vaccines which contain cell lines from electively aborted fetus’.
1. If we applaud the ends of these vaccines louder than we decry the dark means that made them possible (electively aborted babies), we communicate a subtle collective message to women considering elective abortion (and those who participate in giving the abortions) that the choice to abort, in at least these limited instances, was acceptable, and therefore may very likely still be acceptable. That message assists them to lower their guard against the evil which they contemplate participating (or already give) participation, and it dulls their sensitivity to its inherent immorality. Not only could aborting and then donating the child to science be viewed as acceptable, but believing that baby might be put to some good, beneficial use for society may sear their conscience enough to let them feel as though they are actually martyrs while in the very act of electively killing unborn babies.
2. Our global economy is built on competition. Acceptance, (especially to the point of mocking, harassment, or threats directed at individuals who chooses to forgo vaccination, even for just these moral reasons alone. . .) sends the message that we would willingly accept more of the same dirty dish if it were served to us. This isn’t just some unfounded supposition, either. New cell lines are already being developed in hopes of them replacing the current cell lines used in vaccinations. They are viewed as even better than previous cell lines within the research community. Those who encourage, accept and use vaccines containing cell lines WI-38 and MCR-5, do NOT have a principled leg to stand on when new cell lines, like Walvax-2, make their way into our vaccines. (Because, who wouldn’t want better, more efficiently and effectively created vaccines?! . . .) Some argue that what is done in the past is done, can’t be changed, and so we should just graciously accept the health benefits of the vaccines and move on. But will we be able to stand in that future day against the additional unethical baby harvesting associated with creating new cell lines, if we failed to do so in the past (and by past I mean right now)? Probably not. If we are honest with ourselves, a vaccine ingredient containing a cell line from an aborted baby in 1962, should be just as abhorrent to us as one containing a cell line from an electively aborted baby in 2016.
3. We encourage the development and growth of the biotech industries in other unethical areas than just vaccines. If we don’t say, “No!” on this issue, the demand for electively aborted fetal tissue being used for research will not slow or reverse. The research using unethically sourced human tissue will continue to expand not only in health research, but in food and product development as well. (Look up information on Senomyx and Neocutis, Inc. for example.) In addition, not partaking of the “benefits” of products that may come of future research may become more difficult for us to reject if we haven’t previously rejected “benefits” of immorally created vaccines, today. Our consciences will have already been seared enough for us to be blinded to the immoral consequences our choices engender, so long as the “benefits” are good enough for us. . . The risk we take each time we succumb to choices based on false and unethical principle is shrinking character and spiritual sensitivity.
I can understand how some who read this post, might be yelling at their screen while pulling their hair out (for a variety of reasons I could imagine), or maybe even wanting to take a moral stand on this issue . . . but they find themselves filled with fear of what might become of us should we reject these select vaccines. If enough of us collectively reject the use of vaccines which contain ingredients derived from electively aborted babies, this is what I see in our future:
1. We will strengthen our character and develop greater sensitivity to truth and morality, instead of diminish and weaken them.
2. We will shut down industries using immorally-acquired biotechnology.
3. New biotech companies (like this one!) which only acquire their human tissue by ethical means, or who are finding ways around the use of human tissue for vaccine and medical developments, will EXPLODE in growth as they struggle to capture the new market; a market which is alert, awake, and just as hungry to receive the benefits of modern science as it is to know that those benefits have been acquired ethically.
4.We will collectively increase the stigma of electively aborted babies being used for research. We will not have supplied reasons for anyone else to participate in the evil act of elective abortion or its associated research.
5. We will be able to face our maker with confidence that we did the right and principled thing, even against severe social pressure to brush it off, ignore, or even defend the immorality of using the deaths of electively aborted fetuses to our short-term personal benefit, we will have done the right thing. Doing that - caring about both the ends and the means, so I’m told and so I sincerely believe, has benefits everlasting.
It has been said that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Let us not do nothing.
Please, let us do something.
What is that something?
I don't fully know yet, but I'm looking for answers. I know that if we don't get a critical mass who refuse to use the vaccines created with this technology we will not move the manufacturers because money equals votes to them. . . Perhaps the first step in this might be talking with our doctors and asking them for resources if they have any available. We may even be alerting them to the problem for the first time (like I did at my baby's last doctor visit - he was very interested and receptive to my concerns, by the way.) Next, sharing this information with our friends, family, and others in our line of influence is critical for this cause. If we want to contribute financially in some way, we might consider donating and raising awareness of biotech companies who make vaccines ethically? Perhaps there is knowledge of alternative vaccines or methods of protection? At a minimum, I think we all could take the time to write to vaccine manufacturing companies, request that vaccines they develop in the future, NOT contain cell lines from electively aborted fetuses. If you have any helpful information on what we might do to answer the question of this problem, PLEASE JOIN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW!!
I found this article that has an excellent chart with alternative ethical vaccinations listed:
It is very, very helpful.
***Just a friendly reminder: this is NOT a discussion of the medical efficacy of vaccines!***
P.S. If this post has gotten you hungry to read more about the ethics of this issue from a pro-lifer, I highly recommend this article. He’s a whole lot more eloquent than I am.
P.P.S. If by chance reading this article upsets you because of previous choices you have made for yourself or family, I hope you will be kind to yourself. We can't be responsible for what we didn't know. When we know better, we can do better. I find myself in this very category.
**An important note: After posting this blog post, a friend on facebook commented that He didn't like me calling the choice to use/support/encourage tainted vaccines as "immoral" as it makes me the moral authority, and not using/supporting/encouraging tainted vaccines the only answer to this question, and everyone who chooses that path, immoral. Point taken. I will say this: Every person has a responsibility bring this issue to God and ask Him about the moral dilemma before them. Something like this, "I've been alerted to something I didn't know about before Father and it presents a dilemma before me. I feel an obligation to not be complicit with evil acts in any way, and I also feel morally obligated to care the best I can for those within my stewardship. Are there other answers to my dilemma? What can I do, where can I look, who can I talk to for answers? I know the abortion industry is heinous and the massive death toll associated with it as well as it's effects on society are horrific, but I also feel a moral obligation to protect my children and those around me from disease and its associated, effects - sometimes lifelong debilitation or even death. My instinct is to choose (fill in the blank action.) Will choosing this help/prevent (each individual child's name. . .) the measure of their creation? Is this choice thy will for this child? . . ." If we do not actually have a heartfelt wrestle with God and follow His instructions, ignoring this dilemma, and doing business as usual, is indeed an immoral act.**