A recent case involving a Michigan mother and her son has organizations debating over the issue of vaccinations.
Rebecca Bredow of Michigan was recently jailed for contempt of court after not vaccinating her son.
While the judge said she understands Bredow loves her son, Bredow is not the child's only parent and the father, s Bredow's ex-husband had a say in the decision. The father wanted the child vaccinated, and according to the judge, Bredow agreed to vaccination.
"You've repeatedly stated over the past several days publicly that you will not follow this court order," the judge said in a hearing recorded by WXYZ-TV Detroit.
Bredow has since been released, but the situation continues to have people and pro-life groups discussing the issue, including Right to Life of Michigan, which maintained that Bredow did not want to immunize her son with vaccines that were cultured using aborted fetal tissue.
As a result, Right to Life of Michigan supports Bredow's right of conscience in refraining from using those vaccines.
"There is absolutely no question that a significant number of common vaccines are directly cultured using cells from aborted unborn children," Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Director Ed Rivet asserted in a press release. "That is how the vaccines are produced. We have long supported the right of parents to refrain from using them – or to request alternative versions cultured in untainted cell lines."
Rivet adds that these cells came from healthy babies who were electively aborted – not from miscarried babies.
"The unfortunate part is that all of these vaccines can be produced without the use of aborted fetal cells," he continued "The pharmaceutical industry can eliminate this entire controversy by using other cell lines to produce vaccines."
Right to Life of Michigan has long made information available about the connection between abortion and vaccines, and has previously testified before the Michigan Legislature in support of parents' right of conscience in refusing to use these vaccines.
All of the common childhood immunizations have versions cultured using aborted fetal cells – including MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and DTPP (Diptheria, Tentanus, Pertussis, Polio). Only a few versions are not grown using fetal cells. No abortion-free alternatives exist for Chickenpox, Hepatitis A, and MMR.
"Right to Life of Michigan will continue to expose the truth about these vaccines, continue to support parents who refrain from using them and continue to urge the creation of ethically produced vaccines," Rivet assured.
Meanwhile, organizations such as Michigan for Vaccine Choice (MVC) support parental rights when it comes to vaccines.
"As a Christian myself, I am adamantly opposed to abortion," MVC's Connie Johnson shared. "It's not the actual tissue that's found in the vaccinations, but there are DNA fragments that cause a lot of problems when they're inserted into another person. The DNA of a foreign person – going into your DNA – the body tries to absorb that DNA. It does cause some problems."
OneNewsNow contacted several pro-vaccine advocates and organizations, but they have yet to respond.
As for Bredow, she recently told ABC News that she would "do it all over again” – if necessary.
"I was trying to protect my kids," she explained. "I was trying to stand up for what I believed in, and it was worth it for me to try and take the risk, because I was trying to stop the vaccinations from happening."
In 2015, ABC News reported on the link between aborted fetuses and vaccines, noting that "there is a grain of truth to this statement."