DISCLAIMER: This is an opinion piece by Christian Hacking
The ethical vaccine debate
On Wednesday this week Emeritus paediatric professor at UCL- John Wyatt debated David Brennan from Brephos (the Greek word for child, in and outside of the womb) on whether Christians should accept vaccines that use fetal tissue cell lines in their production. The debate was a friendly affair between brothers, with plenty of agreement around the facts, and a charming moment at the end where each of the debaters introduced the others' website. This said, the debate did clarify a fundamental difference between the two men's ethical approach to the vaccines and the Scriptures.Read more
The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is produced in cell lines derived from abortions — by contrast Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines used them in testing, which some argue may put them in the same moral category.
The debate around the morality of fetal tissue vaccines frequently both contains and hinges upon faulty assumptions — thus, whichever side you stand on, it's worth considering the most common ones.Read more
How did Johanna become a part of Covid vaccine production?
In 1972 Johanna* was delivered in the Netherlands. She would go on to play a pivotal role in the production of all three Covid-19 vaccines available in the UK.
Many others were in line for her position, but Johanna was the successful one.
Molecular biologist, Dr Van der Eb was largely responsible for Johanna becoming involved in vaccine production. Dr Frank Graham also took great interest in developing what Johanna had to offer. We must not forget the sacrifice that Johanna’s parents made. All of whom ensured that Johanna was part of the efforts to roll out the current vaccines across the UK.Read more
ORGAN HARVESTING TODAY
Karin* was just three months old** when her mother chose to take her to a clinic in 1962 to have her put to death by medical professionals. Both Karin and her mother were healthy. Karin’s mother knew they were going to kill her baby, but she had no inkling as to what they would do next. Instead of incinerating, burying, or throwing her little body away, they wrapped it in sterile green cloth and sent it to the Karolinska Institute in northwest Stockholm to be dissected and harvested for medical research.
Neither Karin nor her mother gave consent for her organs to be harvested in this way.
Karin didn’t consent to be killed either.
Her lung was used to create the cell line WI-38.Read more
What is HEK 293?
HEK 293 is a human cell line created using a kidney from a dissected unborn baby in the Netherlands between 1972 and 1973. It is the second most common cell line and is used extensively in “pharmaceutical and biomedical research”. It is also used in vaccine creation and cancer research.Read more
The UK Government, along with other governments around the world, are engaged in a historic roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations to protect against the continued spread of the virus. In this race to get as many of the population vaccinated as quickly as possible, three vaccines are currently available in the UK. The problem is that all of them involve the use of fetal cell lines created from body parts of aborted babies.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition below as we call for ethical alternatives.
(Opened on 9th February 2021)
For the attention of:
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment, Nadhim Zahawi
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock
Dear Mr Zahawi and Mr Hancock,
We are requesting that ethical alternatives be made available to the Covid-19 vaccines currently on offer in the UK.
We note with regret that all vaccines against Covid-19 currently available in the UK have been brought to market using aborted fetal cell line HEK-293, either in the testing phase only or in both development and testing phases. The HEK-293 cell line originates from the kidney of a baby girl killed in the Netherlands in the early 1970s.
This is especially problematic as legalised killing and organ harvesting of human babies continues around the world today. As recently as 2015, nine human fetuses were “obtained” for the creation of a new aborted fetal cell line, WALVAX-2, and human embryos and fetal tissue are frequently used today for medical research here and around the world.
We find this practice morally unacceptable and believe that we have a right to access Covid-19 vaccines that have not been created using cell lines from aborted fetuses.
The use of aborted fetal cell lines is not the only way that effective vaccines, including against coronaviruses, can be and are being produced today, and so we are particularly aggrieved by this unnecessary contact with ethically problematic material.