‘This is the moment to advocate’ for pro-life vaccines, says Archbishop Naumann

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, May 2, 2020 / 08:00 am (CNA).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure that vaccines developed to combat coronavirus are not “morally compromised” by any connection to cell lines created from the remains of aborted babies.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said in an interview Thursday that “there’s been a history in creating vaccines of—in some cases anyway—of using cell lines from aborted fetuses,” and that it remains important to highlight the complicated ethical concerns in vaccine research.

“So some of the vaccines that are used today have this ethical problem,” he said in an appearance on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly. “We as a Church, obviously, we see this as a moral issue, that we don’t want to do anything that—in some way gives support for the idea of abortion.”

“On the other hand,” the bishops said, “I think in some cases where there are no other ethical choices, or for public health reasons, Catholics may be forced to use these vaccines even though we object to the way they were developed, but the Church says we have an obligation to object to that, and to advocate for ethical vaccines to be developed.”

Naumann said that at a time when so many resources and so much public attention is being devoted to developing a vaccine for the coronavirus, “this is the moment for us to advocate.”

“There’s no need to really use cell lines from aborted fetuses, there are other cell lines that can be used to develop these vaccines, so that’s why we think it’s very important at this moment to let the voice not only of the Church but other concerned citizens to voice that we want to—we all want a vaccine, we realize that’s important for our public health, but we also want a vaccine that has no ethical problems in the way it’s developed,” he said.


Archbishop Naumann on protecting the vulnerable:
“I think it’s admirable that we as a culture are taking these steps to try to protect those that are most vulnerable to the virus. Hopefully that can translate into a similar concern for the lives of the unborn.” #prolife #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/7ECGXABmUu

— EWTN Pro-Life Weekly (@EWTNProLife) April 30, 2020




Naumann said he hopes the FDA will “create incentives for the pharmaceutical companies that are creating these vaccines to use cell lines that are not implicated with abortion” and to issue “strong guidance” to create a vaccine that is developed ethically.

“I think all we need really is for our pharmaceutical companies to realize that this is offensive to a large number of Americans and give them the encouragement, give our government the encouragement, to make sure these vaccines are not morally compromised in any way,” he said.

Naumann also said that the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has revealed a pro-life ethic in the public mind.

“It’s interesting because even some figures, public officials, that don’t support us on protecting the lives of the unborn, they’ve made statements in the midst of this crisis that every life is precious, every life is sacred,” he said.

“As a culture and society, we’re going to enormous lengths to try to protect the elderly and those that might be susceptible to the virus where it’s much more dangerous for them. So I think it’s admirable that we as a culture are taking these steps to try to protect those that are most vulnerable to the virus, and hopefully that can translate into a similar concern for the lives of the unborn as well.”

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  1. Amen.
    I always wonder how people vehemently deny the number of unborn infants sacrificed to create and manufacture some vaccines.
    That information is right on the vaccine packaging insert and easily found online. It’s not rocket science and you don’t have to go to conspiracy theory websites to find it.
    If one supports legal feticides for any reason why would they deny the link here? It’s just one more application.
    If they support feticides and vaccines why not celebrate the connection between them?

  2. Washington Tears

    Tiny coffins in a row,
    Washington to Sacramento.
    From East to West,
    We may have killed America’s best.
    God rides the wings of prayer,
    A tear in His eye, we know He cares.
    Indifference is the evil that we see,
    We can never, ever let it be.
    A firestorm in our heart,
    America needs a brand new start.
    Continue to fill us with holy discontent,
    We stand for life, never relent.
    Far from the end of the story,
    To You alone be the glory.

    Ribbon of Blood
    It has always been about the blood,
    Before Noah and the flood.
    Abel’s death at the hands of Cain,
    Innocent blood, eternal pain.
    Silence is not a sound,
    Abortionists are not heaven bound.
    Walk a mile in your child’s shoes,
    Before she’s born, she sings the blues.
    60,000,000 caskets lined up from East to West,
    As America continues to kill her best.
    A ribbon of blood stains our land,
    Time to take our head out of the sand.
    Through the eyes of the Lamb you need to see,
    See His Blood, shed for you and me.
    Be grateful your mother chose life for you,
    So you didn’t end up baby blue.
    Ribbon of darkness over me,
    I now kneel at the foot of the tree..

    I Am an American

    I am an American just like you,
    You can call me baby blue.
    Never allowed to carry the weight,
    My life stolen in the starting gate.
    The right to life the big lie,
    All I ever did was die.
    God is real, see the sigh,
    Look closely at the tear in His eye.
    Stop the abortion holocaust,
    Before another child is lost.
    End the current American civil war,
    Americans killing Americans like never before.

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