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Abortion, Vaccines, and Moral Imagination

By Fr. Mark Perkins

A month or so ago the Ethics and Public Policy Center published a “Statement from Pro-Life Catholic Scholars on the Moral Acceptability of Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines.” Public Discourse has now published my response:

Scholars who advocate receiving the vaccinations for COVID-19 should not minimize or brush aside concerns that those vaccines were produced with the help of abortion. Facing the problem more fully should not rule out vaccination, but it will help us better understand the depths of our entanglement in this late-modern culture of death.

You can read the whole thing here.

In addition to the statement linked above, other must-reads on the topic include Brett Salkeld's essay in Church-Life Journal, as well as the conversation between Richard Stith and Melissa Moschella in Public Discourse. My piece also links to our House of Bishops's statement on the vaccines, which you can read here.

Fr. Mark Perkins is Curate at St. Alban's Anglican Cathedral in Oviedo, Florida and Executive Editor of Earth & Altar.


Apr 15, 2021

Thank you for your article, Fr Perkins. Can you possibly direct me to where I can discover what common (and not so common) products like food and make up use aborted cell lines in the production of their products? I have not gotten the vaccine because such use is a concern for I would certainly NOT want to inadvertently use any product that benefits from the abortion industry, and the death of our innocent children. Thanks - jane wright Canada

Fr. Mark Perkins
Fr. Mark Perkins
Apr 18, 2021
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Dear Jane,

Thanks for commenting, According to Melissa Moschella (in the conversation linked above), "the vast majority" of "pharmaceutical products, processed foods, and beauty products" are developed and/or tested using HEK293 cells. You can find a very partial list of medications here. In a brief time poking around the Internet, I was not able to find anything like a comprehensive list of foods or makeups, but, from what I've read, probably the majority of processed foods are or have been tested using cell lines such as HEK293.

I don't mean to sound fatalistic here, but if you are truly dedicated not to using any products that are linked to such cell lines, you probably need to stop eating all processed…

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