Abortion and the COVID Vaccines

At least two Catholic bishops have urged pro-lifers not to use COVID vaccines on the grounds that their development involved abortion. (You may recall a controversy last month over how President Trump’s COVID case was handled.)

Drudge is related to this story which focuses on Joseph Brennan, the Catholic Bishop of Fresno. Hayley Smith reports:

Brennan joins a growing chorus of Catholic organizations concerned about stem cells and COVID-19 vaccines. . . . In July, the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia shared a statement in which President Joseph Meany described the potential dependence on a vaccine developed by stem cells as a “nightmare scenario” that “would cause major problems of conscience to the pro- life and Catholics. “

But that’s not the last word Meany had on the subject. On EWTN last week, he Explain that the nightmare scenario was avoided: neither the Pfizer vaccine nor the Moderna vaccine used cells taken from aborted humans for their development or production. Both were, however, tested using cells that can I have derived from an abortion in 1973.

The link between this possible abortion and vaccines is weakened. No one who takes them to protect themselves and their community from COVID does not have to worry about inducing an abortion, encouraging abortion in the future, or giving it their approval.

(Public Speech had run of them testing do this case in detail.)

Ramesh Ponnuru is editor-in-chief for National review, columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Principal Investigator at the National Review Institute.