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.