Message to anti-abortionists – why aren’t you protesting use of aborted fetal cells in vaccines? In fact, why aren’t you protesting Gardasil, the HPV vaccines that has the highest rate of spontaneous abortion and miscarriage and still birth out of all vaccines approved by the FDA. Here is another ethical question – are people who oppose abortion provided with an informed consent that they have been made aware that the vaccine they are about to receive contains aborted human fetal cells? How would you feel if that happened to you?
Cell lines from aborted human fetus in vaccine production
April 8, 2012
Some of today’s vaccines are cultivated on cell lines from aborted human fetuses. This itself promotes ethical questions, which is further reinforced by the fact that mostly no one have knowledge of these facts. Few parents are aware of this when they vaccinate their children, and it is unlikely that the topic is well-known among health professionals. It is reasonable to think that some people based on ethical education and religious reasons will be uncomfortable about these facts. One can question whether this issue is controversial to such a degree that it would be prudent to disclose the circumstances to the patients – in this respect their parents.
Cell lines and virus strains from aborted fetuses:
Among the cell lines that have been used we find WI-38 derived from the lung tissue of a three-month-old girl fetus. Another cell line, MRC-5 derived from lung tissue of a 14 week old male fetus. These cell lines was derived in the 1960s and 70s, but came in use in vaccines at a later date. The vaccines that have been cultivated on these lines is rubella (German measles), varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis A and rabies.
Virus strain used in MMR vaccine rubella-component are also taken from aborted fetal tissue. This strain is called RA 27/3 and was obtained from a fetus whose mother had rubella during pregnancy and performed an abortion because of risk of fetal damage. RA 27/3 is also grown in cell line WI-38.
(Ph. D. John D. Graben Stein 1999)
Further information about fetal cell lines with links:
MRC-5: “The MRC-5 cell line was developed in September 1966 from lung tissue taken from a 14 week fetus aborted for psychiatric reason from a 27 year old physically healthy woman. The cell morphology is fibroblast-like. The karyotype is 46,XY; normal diploid male. Cumulative population doublings to senescence is 42-48. G6PD isoenzyme is type B.”