Note: We ran this post in June of 2016. Today is "Sanctity of Human Life Sunday":
On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. (January 22, 1973, was the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.) Churches around the United States use the day to celebrate God's gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protecting human life at every stage. Churches continue to recognize the third Sunday in January as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. In 2020, the date will be January 19.
By Cathy Jameson
I’m sure many of our readers are aware of the vaccine ingredient I’ll mention in today’s post. Others have already written about the topic and covered the facts well. Living Whole and Children of God for Life, for example, have bravely spoken up about the use of aborted fetal cell lines in vaccine production. I applaud them. I wish I could applaud more pro-life groups, but I hardly see them speak up about the topic.
I say that I’m a hardcore Catholic. But even I’ve yet to take on this subject. If I were serious about it, I’d have contacted the leaders in my Church about it. Some leaders have spoken, but their very broad statement seems more of a CYA than anything (and I’m not referring to Catholic Youth Association if you get my drift).
For whatever reason, “the greater good” that vaccines supposedly benefit seems to trump the act of abortion and the use of this ingredient is justified. It shouldn’t be. But it is. I think that needs to change. So here goes…
I shared this link of vaccine ingredients in a post a few weeks ago. I’m sharing the link again in today’s post. I’d like to do that because some of the ingredients that are listed have been on my mind for a few days now. They’ve actually been on my mind for years, but I haven’t written specifically about them yet.
Someone highlighted the use of aborted fetal tissue use in a screenshot.
Sitting here reading those highlighted words makes my stomach turn.
That image doesn’t include it, but do be on the lookout for WALVAX 2. That’s a newly derived cell line that’s projected to be used in vaccines, or biologics as I have recently heard vaccines being called.
I remember the first time I learned about the use of these aborted fetal cells. Years and years ago, someone had put the bug in my ear that vaccines weren’t as perfect as I’d been told. They said that I should read up on them. They said I should do that before I took Ronan in for his next appointment. They said that I may change my mind if I do. They said that’s because there were some questionable ingredients in some vaccines, like aborted fetal cells. They said, as a Catholic, I might find use of these ingredients somewhat troubling…or unethical…or immoral. I looked at them like they were nuts and thought, Cancel the next appointment? Not likely. And gee, thanks for butting in a private matter, but no thanks.
Who were they to question vaccines? And who were they to question me! They were just another parent. They had no background in the medical field. No research articles written. No degree in biology. No history of formal studying of immunology or anything else related to the human body whatsoever. Since they were just a parent and not someone I trusted to educate me about vaccines, I felt that I had no need for their commentary. Thinking them utterly absurd, I smiled, nodded politely and walked away.
I walked away from that conversation with only one thought – who in their right mind believes that the pharmaceutical industry uses aborted fetal cells in their product? That’s just gross.
Human cells from an aborted baby? Yeah, right.
Since I was still a firm believer in vaccines for my children, I shrugged off the person and their gentle suggestion to ‘read up on those vaccines’. Ronan’s development hadn’t taken a major nosedive yet, so I carried on with what I knew – which was to keep his next well-baby appointment. But before that date on the calendar arrived, that bug the other parent put in my ear turned into a scratch that I had to itch. I didn’t leap into action like I would have today, but begrudgingly, I began to search for information.
Still a rookie when it came to doing Internet searches, I slowly found my way around the net to some websites that I thought would put this crazy idea to rest. The more I searched, though – and verified, the more disturbed I became. Aborted fetal cell lines were indeed part of the process!
While this is a current screenshot, the practice dates back long before I spent time to look it up.
The initial Internet searches I did were time well spent. As disheartened as I was, each time I went back to read more, I learned how much I didn’t know about vaccines. I also learned that should I continue to agree to them, I faced a dilemma – a moral dilemma.
As a life-long Catholic, I couldn’t continue to accept the medical products my doctor and society insisted that my children needed. Backed up against a proverbial wall, I was forced into a having to make a tough decision.
Still so new at the vaccine research game, I was comforted to a certain degree when I learned that I had some options. Those were to get the shots (despite my religious convictions), to find an alternative (if one existed), or to skip them completely (and pray to God that my children would be okay without them). Options were good to have, but I had no idea which one to pick.
No easy answer
I did know that I couldn’t continue to allow my children to be injected with the vaccines that had anything to do with aborted fetal cells, so I asked around to see if an alternative vaccine existed. Turns out, alternatives did exist! But, how on earth would I obtain them? I wasn’t a doctor. I didn’t run a medical practice. I didn’t have an “in” with a pharmaceutical company. I’d have to find a doctor who would order the other those lots, who would agree to take my children on as new patients and who would administer the vaccines I wanted him or her to special order. That sounded impossible. That’s why, as hard as it was to consider, I kept the last option in mind which was to skip the shots that I know knew were questionable to my faith. That last option was a viable option, but it came with more risks than I wanted to consider.
Remember as of yet, I was still a firm believer in all things vaccines. Even with what I was starting to read, which included learning about side effects and adverse events, I couldn’t wrap my head around how I was going to protect my children from what I thought were vaccine-preventable diseases.
I honestly had no idea. I was just a Mom trying to do the right thing for her kids. That meant filling in all those boxes of the shot record, not haphazardly skip over them. The dilemma I was facing was not just a moral dilemma anymore; it was a dilemma of epic proportions.
Since I needed more time to think things through, I delayed Ronan’s next well-baby exam. I also inquired about getting vaccines that were not made with aborted fetal tissue. Those were available and recommended for those parents who found themselves face-to-face with the same decision like I myself was.
Coming <this> close to securing those doses for my children, as quickly as they were about to be made available to us, we were unable to get them.
Long story short
What ended up happening? I opted for the vaccines that I could that were free of the ingredients I did not want to support. I also skipped the few others we were not able to obtain that Ronan was also “due” to receive. Was that the right choice? At the time, I thought yes. Would I make a different choice today like skip all the shots completely – if you’ve followed my son’s story for any length of time, you know that the answer is yes. I would. And in a heartbeat. I would because as I look at that screenshot of the vaccine ingredients I posted above, I have issues with some of the other ingredients, too. I may not have had issues with them way back when, but I sure do now. But I’ll save those thoughts for another post.
Today’s post was to simply shed light on the use of aborted fetal cell lines found in vaccines. It was also ask pro-lifers an important question: Where is the outrage? Where, I ask you? Because I don’t see any outrage like I think there would be and should be.
As I know it, to be pro-life means that one takes a stand to value and defend all life from natural conception to natural death in all circumstances. Period.
If there was outrage, that defending of all life in all circumstances would be happening. But it isn’t. I know this to be true because those who state that they are pro-life would then not knowingly support the science or justify the use of aborted fetal cells lines in vaccines. And yet they do. Maybe it’s because they just don’t know. Heck, for as Catholic as I thought I was, I didn’t know either.
But I do now.
No matter how uncomfortable or sensitive the information may be, when the topic of vaccines comes up, the practice of using aborted fetal cell lines as an ingredient will also be included in my conversations. Churches and other pro-lifers may remain silent on the issue, but you have my word that the next time a young mom or dad asks for my input on vaccines, as a practicing Catholic who is ready to defend all life in all circumstances, I will include that fact from now on.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.