The end of 2020 brought not only another extended state of emergency for Oregon, but also the highly-anticipated release of a COVID-19 vaccine. At press time, two pharmaceutical companies — Pfizer and Moderna — have released their shots to the masses in hopes of suppressing coronavirus symptoms while possibly slowing transmission rates. At least a half-dozen more companies are likely to follow.
According to state health officials, over 425,000 Oregonians have received at least one dose of the vaccine, as of February 9. While many welcome the news, others are concerned about the vaccines’ ethical implications. Given the industry’s previous usage of abortion victims for creating and producing a variety of pharmaceuticals, many pro-lifers are rightfully wondering how COVID-19 vaccines were developed.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), a pro-life think tank, has released updated guidance on which of the COVID-19 vaccine makers used pieces of abortion victims (“abortion-derived cell line”) in either their lab testing phase or development and production. CLI’s team includes pro-life doctors and scientists who, according to their website, “utilize[d] data from the primary scientific literature when available, along with data from clinical trial documents, reputable vaccine tracking websites, and published commercial information” in making their chart.
Oregon Right to Life encourages all Oregonians to carefully study the available information on each vaccine and make their healthcare decisions accordingly. We also strongly encourage vaccine developers to choose ethical alternatives over abortion victims’ bodies when creating, testing and producing their wares.