As I’ve written recently how most childhood vaccines are actually created with the cells of aborted babies, a question I get a lot is “How do I know if the vaccine I am supposed to get for my child has fetal tissue in it?” The answer is “It probably does.” But to find out you can check various sites such as this one or simply look at this copy from the vaccine manufacturer inserts. It’s actually pretty common knowledge and not hidden at all. However, there are some alternatives parents can consider.
Pharmaceutical companies would have you believe there are really no viable alternatives to using human cells to make vaccines, that it’s only for the safety of our children that we should do this, no matter what we believe. The benefit outweighs the cost, they imply.
In rhetoric this is called and either/or fallacy of logic. It says either you do this or your have that consequence, and there are no other choices. I admit, I’m not a mother so I don’t know what it feels like to face this. As I have researched this subject these past months, I’ve found myself almost relieved I’m not. What a decision to face as a pro-life parent! So the object of this blog isn’t to tell anyone what choice to make for his or her child but to simply inform parents that there are choices that may be considered as you make the decision you feel is best. Your doctor may not even know that there have been some vaccines developed for the same diseases which are not created with fetal cells.
According to Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute (SCPI), a company committed to ethical research and development of alternative vaccines, “by the time a child enters school they have received an average of 36 vaccinations – a number of them during the first 12 months of life. Several of these contain aborted fetal DNA and cellular contaminants, a fact that has many parents, scientists and medical professionals concerned.”
One major concern that has arisen over the years is whether or not an increase in autism is correlated with these vaccines. While the scientific community has not reached a consensus by any means, this volatile issue has kept many parents from vaccinating their children. This article will tell you more on a recently presented paper from SCPI on this topic. The concern some have is that the insertion of aborted fetal-cell DNA in vaccinations is linked to autism. The number of cases certainly has risen, but the debate rages. This summary will give you a rundown of the research article and also link you to more on this issue.
Each state has its own immunization requirements; this CDC link will show you what they are. There are accepted alternatives for some of these vaccinations, however. Take a look at this link. On page 3, you’ll find a list of vaccines produced with fetal cells and then their non-fetal alternatives. The article, from Michigan Right to Life, also addresses some of the issues that arise with alternatives. Currently, as all researchers note, there are no alternatives to Chickenpox, Rubella, and Hepatitis-A vaccines that are not made from aborted babies. However, it goes on to say:
There are Japanese produced alternative vaccines for Rubella and Hepatitis-A, developed from cell lines of rabbit and monkey kidney. These vaccines are available in the U.K., but have not yet been given FDA approval for use in the U.S. If these two alternatives were to become available in the U.S., then Chickenpox would be the only abortion-tainted vaccine without an acceptable alternative. (Source)
In addition, this article points out that there is another alternative available in the US in response to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices 2008 recommendation made to use a vaccine called Pentacel for Diphtheria, Petrussis, Tetanus (DTaP), HiB and Polio. It was the first vaccine to include the polio and HiB components. However, the controversy arose because “polio portion of this vaccine is grown on the MRC-5 cell line – derived from human fetuses.” The article will give you more details on the development of this vaccine, and it also presents an alternative: “GlaxoSmithKline makes Pediarix, one alternative to Pentacel, in which the poliovirus is grown on monkey kidney cells,” it says, adding that “It is possible to create a vaccine identical to Pentacel without any ethical controversies, and Pediarix, currently available in the U.S., does so without using fetal cell lines.”
Sometimes the challenge comes in finding a doctor who knows about these alternatives and can give you more information. There are various pro-life medial groups. One link shows state-by-state listings of physicians who affiliate themselves with life and non-fetal-cell vaccines. You can also contact your local right to life agency and ask them. If you live in a rural area, it may not be as easy to find those knowledgeable about alternative vaccines, but with the surge of parents concerned about this issue, it’s likely with a bit of homework you can find a medical expert who also holds true pro-life values and will give you the information you need to make a decision that will give you peace. Additionally, each state has its own laws about exemptions to vaccinations. You can find more information on this here, if you decide to go that route.
The myriad of opinions on vaccinations even within the pro-life community is vexing at times. I have many friends who are disturbed, frustrated, and desperately wanting to make the right decision. The article above from Michigan Right to Life sums it up nicely:
The ethical quandary created by the tainting of these otherwise beneficial vaccines is obvious and vexing. Parents are more than justified in wanting to protect their children from these potentially life-threatening diseases. It can be legitimately argued that parents have an obligation to take reasonable steps to protect their children. Likewise, as a society, we must take into consideration the morality and cost of failing to prevent widespread outbreaks of disease. Thus, there is a civic responsibility associated with vaccines and controlling diseases. (Source)
Next up, I’ll be looking at a new biotech company and pharmaceutical company founded for the sole purpose of ethical adult stem cell research and the development of vaccines without fetal cells—and the recent legal battle that is happening right now in the courts.