It turns out that in addition to other reasons for not getting the covid-19 vaccine, some anti-abortion zealots are saying that since the vaccines may have been developed from stem cell lines from aborted fetuses, it would be unethical to get it.
The Catholic Church is trying to tamp down that line of reasoning and saying that the greater good requires people to get vaccinated because the link connecting the vaccines to abortion it highly tenuous.
The top Catholic bishops in the United States would really like Catholics to please just take the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Monday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a seven-page statement outlining the organization’s position on the “moral considerations” of three COVID-19 vaccines. Although abortion opponents have spent months advocating for a vaccine that is not in any way connected to fetal cells obtained through abortions—which are commonly used in drug development—the bishops wanted to make their ultimate position clear: Catholics have a moral obligation to take the vaccines, regardless of their potential links to abortion.
“Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community,” wrote Bishops Kevin Rhoades, of Fort Wayne-South Bend in Indiana, and Joseph Naumann, of Kansas City in Kansas. “In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.”
“While neither vaccine is completely free from any connection to morally compromised cell lines, in this case the connection is very remote from the initial evil of the abortion,” they wrote of the vaccines developed by Pfizer and BioNTech as well as Moderna.
Let’s hope that this sways some people though I suspect that those opposed to vaccines do so for many unstated reasons and the Catholic Church’s endorsement of the vaccines will merely cause them to find a different reason to avoid getting vaccinated.