“Why doesn’t everyone just get the vaccine?” This is a common question we hear almost on a daily basis. The use of fetal cell lines in the design, production, and/or testing of any vaccine is at the center of an informed choice of the religiously formed conscience.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses the PER.C6 cell line originating from a healthy 18-week-old aborted child in research, development, and testing. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use fetal cells HEK293 in testing. The culture of death involving abortion, fetal cell research, trafficking in aborted baby body parts, embryo research, and vaccine production did not start with Roe vs. Wade in the 1970s. If you choose to do research you will find that aborted babies were sacrificed for medical research in the 1930s. To obtain the kind of live tissue successful for research, the process of procuring human fetal tissue is performed in vivo (“in the living”).

To say that any of the COVID-19 vaccines involve a remote cooperation with fetal cells harvested 60 years ago does not necessarily justify the use of them. The vaccine industry has a very long and troubling connection to the abortion industry. The narrative fed to the public that it is justifiable for the advancement of medical treatments, research of products, and life saving vaccines undermines ethical treatments available and biomedical research which seek to end the use of aborted children in research.

This rationale contributes to the demand for additional aborted fetal cell lines and contributes to the scientific establishment’s unthinkable research which has been going on for almost a century under our noses. The immortalized cells are from a baby that is violated over and over again through the production of drugs, vaccines, consumer products, and medical research.

Many people refusing the COVID-19 vaccine are not anti-vaxxers. On the contrary, I have received and given my own children vaccines as recommended by the CDC. The constant push for the experimental COVID-19 vaccine to the masses have brought to light the practices of many vaccine manufacturers and biometric research practices, and for that I am thankful. As Bishop Athanasius Schneider said regarding the COVID-19 vaccines, “The ends cannot justify the means.”

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Ann Kraft, Cavalier, N.D.

EDITOR’S NOTE: According to the North Dakota Department of Health: “In various stages of vaccine development and manufacturing, some of the COVID-19 vaccines used cells originally isolated from fetal tissue (often referred to as fetal cells), some of which were originally derived from an aborted fetus. The use of fetal cell lines is a very sensitive and important topic within some faith communities and among individuals with concerns about the ethics of using materials derived in this way. … Historical fetal cell lines were derived in the 1960s and 1970s from two elective abortions and have been used to create vaccines for diseases such as hepatitis A, rubella, and rabies. Abortions from which fetal cells were obtained were elective and were not done for the purpose of vaccine development.”