COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – In a statement released Tuesday, the dioceses of Colorado Springs and Pueblo advise Catholics to avoid taking Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine if otherwise.
Spokesmen for the local Catholic leadership told KRDO Newschannel 13 that they supported the message of the Conference of American Catholic Bishops.
“The approval of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine in the United States once again raises the moral acceptability of vaccines developed, tested and / or manufactured using abortion-derived cell lines.
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have raised concerns because they used an abortion-derived cell line to test them, but not to make them. However, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been developed, tested, and produced with cell lines from abortion, which raises additional moral concerns. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ruled that ‘if ethically objectionable Covid-19 vaccines are not available’ it is morally acceptable to accept Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and manufacturing process.”
However, if one can choose between equally safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine that is least associated with the abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen. Therefore, if one is able to choose a vaccine, one should choose Pfizer or Moderna instead of Johnson & Johnson.
While we must continue to insist that pharmaceutical companies stop using cell lines from abortion, given the worldwide suffering caused by this epidemic, we reaffirm that vaccination can be a charitable act that serves the public good. “
Conference of American Catholic Bishops
The Truth & Liberty Coalition is a Woodland Park-based nonprofit organization founded by Andrew Wommack. The coalition cites similar concerns from the life-friendly institute about Johnson & Johnson vaccination.
“According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, Johnson and Johnson created the vaccine using the PER.C6 cell line, which comes from tissue collected from the liver of a human baby who was destroyed in an abortion in 1985. Johnson and Johnson paid more than $ 1.4 billion in taxes to taxpayers. That’s simply wrong. Vaccines should not use cells from aborted babies, regardless of when the abortion occurred. “
Richard Harris, Coalition for Truth and Freedom
Governor Jared Polis says Coloradans cannot accurately choose one vaccine over another, but strategically, they can only make an appointment at certain clinics.
“When they sign up for a meeting, they will know what [vaccine] they would find out, Polis said. “And if they don’t want to, they can check in at another location, at a different time, to get what they want. Maybe in a week or two. It just depends on how long they want to drive. “
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