Pro-lifers are glad to see that Michigan lawmakers are ensuring the recipients of COVID vaccines in the state know what's being injected into their bodies.
Michigan Democrats have accused Republicans in control of the state legislature of politicizing the public health effort, but a general issue people have with the vaccines is whether stem cells from an aborted baby were used in the production process. So the Michigan Legislature has addressed that by adding an "informed consent" measure to a spending bill.
"We have legislation that surprisingly made it through and was signed into law by Governor [Gretchen] Whitmer (D) that would require anyone getting a vaccine that has been produced using a cell line from an aborted baby, the coronavirus vaccine, to be informed about it," details Chris Gast of Right to Life of Michigan.
The bill states that anyone who receives a vaccine paid for through $110 million appropriated in the relief legislation "shall be provided with information or informed if and in what manner the development of the vaccine utilized aborted fetal tissue or human embryonic stem cell derivation lines."
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both used the cell line in the testing phase but not in the actual production.
"The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine is actually using a fetal cell line in production of doses," Gast relays. "A lot of people would otherwise ethically object to these, but they're not aware, and so we get a lot of calls and emails from people who are kind of shocked when they discover this and feel fairly deceived because no one told them about the source of these vaccines."
Because most states have no informed consent rule or law, the Charlotte Lozier Institute has made available a chart that reveals the information for all known vaccines.