Improving the odds for an ethical vaccine

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | May 20, 2020

If a vaccine for CO19 become available in the coming months, would you be comfortable taking a vaccine that was derived from:

  • placental cells,
  • tobacco leaves,
  • bone marrow,
  • insects, or
  • the dismembered bodies of aborted children?

This is not a purely theoretical question. You may face that sort of choice.

Which approach do you want the government to fund? Now would be a good time to express your preference to the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Don’t think that you need to write a persuasive essay. A single sentence is enough to convey the message. Yes, your input may be reduced to a checkmark on a sheet of paper. But these officials answer to elected politicians, and everyone who has won an election knows the importance of checkmarks.

Then—this is important—contact your family doctor. He’ll be under tremendous pressure, the instant a vaccine becomes available. Make sure the ethical questions are on his mind before that pressure builds.

Addendum: You might say that you would prefer to take no vaccine at all. I understand; I agree. But a vaccine is going to be developed. So the question is still relevant: What kind do you prefer?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: [email protected] - May. 24, 2020 2:12 AM ET USA

    Ok with anything but the dismembered bodies of aborted children. It should still be a choice and not forced just like the flu. Don't let Gates create an abortion vaccine and then force us to take it and create a "Nazi like system for tracking". St Michael defeat this evil and defend us.

  • Posted by: feedback - May. 21, 2020 10:16 AM ET USA

    In promoting new vaccines, besides the most basic ethical issues, there is too much of naive hopes and wishful thinking, commercial interests placed above health benefits, incompetence, dishonest attempts to piggyback additional secret ingredients, and old fashioned lying. I would not take vaccine sold by the WHO, or by the officials who have lied for years about the Iraqi 'weapons of mass destruction' or Trump's 'collusion' with Russia. Wearing a lab coat isn't sufficient to restore lost trust.