April 28, 2020

US Bishop Calls Catholics to Stop Vaccine Research Using Aborted Babies

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Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler in Northeast Texas released a letter calling Catholics to oppose the development of COVID-19 vaccines using cells from aborted babies.

In his April 23 letter, the bishop wrote, “Tragically, people are not aware of or have chosen to turn a blind eye to the advances in medical science which allow vaccines to be developed with the wholesale use of aborted children’s bodies... Just because the crime of abortion is considered legal in our nation does not mean it is morally permissible to use the dead bodies of these children to cure a global pandemic. Emphatically, this practice is evil.”

The bishop elaborates that in his conversations with scientists he has learned of many other sources of cells that can be successful in the development of vaccines, including umbilical, placental, adult stem, and insect cells.

“As your Shepherd, I urge you to join me, NOW, in passionately but prayerfully speaking out against this practice,” Strickland wrote. “We must insist that legislators create legislation which establishes the illegal and immoral nature of any use of the remains of aborted babies for research. Further, we must insist that pharmaceutical companies comply with such legislation. I believe this can be a significant building block in a culture of life which eliminates the taint of economic gain that too easily infects the abortion industry.”

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