Rational Catholic Blog, as faithful to the guidance of the Church, desires vaccines with no connection to abortion, no matter how remote. However, we believe that we have a duty in the service of life to see that our moral objections are not co-opted for the advancement of the dangerous anti-vaccination movement. We will not attempt to attain our goal through the use of misrepresentation and fear or by putting precious lives in danger of serious disease. Fides et ratio.


Hyperlinks contained in infographic:

“Chicken pox vaccine reduces shingles risk in kids” http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091204092443.htm

“Italian MMR-Autism Decision Overturned”  http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/italian-mmr-autism-decision-overturned/

“Does the Kenyan UNICEF Tetanus Vaccine contain HCG and make women infertile?”  https://rationalcatholicblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/does-the-kenyan-unicef-tetanus-vaccine-contain-hcg-and-make-women-infertile/

“The Rabbit Hole to HPV”  https://rationalcatholicblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/the-rabbit-hole-to-hpv/

“How a Now-Retracted Autism Study Went Viral — Again”  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/now-retracted-autism-study-viral/story?id=25248179

“Quoth the anti-vaccine group SANE Vax: Beware HPV DNA in Gardasil!”  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/beware-hpv-dna-in-gardasil/

“Vaccine Injury Stories: the Sacred Cows of the Internet?”  http://www.voicesforvaccines.org/vaccine-injury-stories-the-sacred-cows-of-the-internet/

“’Common sense’ that isn’t”  http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/03/29/common-sense-that-isnt/

“Most Vaccination-Onset Epilepsy Has Genetic, Structural Cause”  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/832250

“Debunking Myths about Dr. Paul Offit”  http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/debunking-myths-dr-paul-offit/

“Moral Reflections on Vaccines prepared from Cells Derived from Aborted Human Foetuses” http://www.ncbcenter.org/document.doc?id=7

“FAQ on the Use of Vaccines”  http://www.ncbcenter.org/page.aspx?pid=1284


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  1. I have a number of issues with the often cited NCBC FAQ vaccine page.

    On this FAQ page they state that the cells used are descendant cells that never were actually part of the fetus’s body. It sounds like they are trying to draw a distinction which they claim is important. As far as I can tell, there isn’t a significant moral distinction here. The descendant cells would rightfully belong to the same person, who was the aborted fetus. They were not part of that person’s body because the body was intentionally destroyed, but they would be a part of that person’s body had that person not been murdered.

    The FAQ page claims that the reasons for having an abortion are not related to vaccine preparation. In one sense this is true; it is very unlikely an aborting mother would have vaccine preparation in mind. However, in the movie Blood Money, abortionists and clinic owners testify that they receive payment for allowing fetal tissue to be collected, even though federal law would prohibit the sale of this tissue. The abortionists and clinic owners also testify that they would apply intense pressure on women to have abortions in order to meet their goals both for the sale of abortions and collection fees for fetal tissue.

    The FAQ page claims that one is not morally obligated to register a complaint about the use of these cells. This seems to be a contradiction of what is clearly stated in the Pontifical Academy for Life letter.

    I also think that this page gives the impression that only two cell lines are being used and that not very many babies have been involved in vaccine research. It seems to me that all of the aborted children who have been exploited in the process of developing cell lines and advancing the techniques required for vaccine production should count. There may not be reliable sources numbering each and every victim that was used. But I think it should be apparent, upon reviewing historical and scientific accounts, that the victims were more than a mere few.


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