Moral Implications of Aborted Fetuses in Vaccine Production

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • One commonly cited reason for claiming a religious vaccine exemption has to do with the fact that some vaccines are made using aborted fetal cell lines. Fetal cell lines used in vaccines were obtained from voluntary abortions performed in the 1960s and are still used today
  • Many other types of cells are used as growth mediums for vaccines, and some of those raise moral issues as well. Growth mediums include animal cell strains from chickens, dogs, monkeys, hamsters and insects. Some religious sects oppose vaccines made from animal cells, citing Levitical guidelines on exposure to certain animals and blood products
  • There are scientific objections to fetal cell vaccines as well. A study published in 2014 found rates of autism strongly correlate with the introduction of vaccines using human fetal cell lines
  • In 2002, Lancet published evidence showing polio vaccine contaminated with SV40, a monkey virus, was responsible for up to half of the 55,000 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases that were occurring each year
  • Censored research also provided evidence that retroviruses in vaccines may be linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, autism and other diseases

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