A pro-life outreach group is highlighting the good news that companies are responding to the ruckus over using aborted baby cell lines for vaccines.
In late March, Children of God for Life called the public's attention to pharmaceutical researchers using cell lines from aborted babies for COVID-19 vaccine research. The cell lines have been used for other research as well – and Children of God for Life executive director Debi Vinnedge tells OneNewsNow that there's some good news.
"Sanofi Pasteur had two [types of] polio vaccines," she explains. "One used aborted fetal cells, called MRC-5. That came from the lung tissue of a 14-week gestation baby who was aborted. And they had other polio vaccines that were using what are called Vero cell lines – and Vero cell lines came from monkeys."
Now, says Vinnedge, the pharmaceutical giant has made an announcement that the pro-life group is happy to pass along.
"Sanofi Pasteur has discontinued their use of aborted fetal cells in their polio vaccine," she reports. "Instead they are using moral cell lines to replace the ones they were using before. So, this is great news – they've actually taken the right path."
The vaccine that had been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control was one of the ones using aborted fetal cells, but the company has dropped that approach. Sanofi Pasteur has teamed up with GlaxoSmithKline in researching a COVID-19 vaccine that doesn't use cells from aborted babies.
Petition drive by Georgia group
Meanwhile, Americans have an opportunity to convince Washington to not use aborted baby cell lines to research a COVID-19 vaccine.
According to Zemmie Fleck of Georgia Right to Life, some of the vaccine research among the approximately 100 different projects uses cell lines from aborted babies. "What we understand is that the cell line that is being used in some of the vaccine production right now is coming from a little child who was aborted even as early as 1970," she explains.
That research is in the United Kingdom using $1.2 billion in U.S. money earmarked for it.
Georgia Right to Life has launched a petition drive asking the federal government to make sure the work is not done with American dollars on aborted babies.
"The more signatures obviously the better off we are to not only approach the president on this but also [to approach] Stephen Hahn, who is the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration," she adds.
6/9/20 - Comments from Georgia Right to Life added.