Why is preserving RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION from vaccination important for states that want to protect the First Amendment? Several states have proposed bills to restrict or eliminate exemptions and there has been an outcry from religious communities, especially conservative Christians on this otherwise overlooked subject. One author within the Christian community writes about the struggle within their denomination since Stanley Plotkin’s uncomfortable admission of 76 dissected fetuses in the research and development of the rubella vaccine.
Traditional pro-life Christians argue that the involuntary sacrifice of one human for another is a tenant of pagan cultures, expressly forbidden by God in today’s modern practice of Christianity. Here is the insert list of ingredients for the MMR vaccine, highlighting the use of WI-38 cells. We recently found out that these human diploid lung fibroblasts were harvested from a female fetus 3 months into gestation. She was “legally aborted” and she has been frozen for over 55 years. This particular cell line was chosen out of many aborted specimens studied because she was free of contaminating viruses making her cells ideal for vaccine development. Many of us Christians have very strong spiritual objections to the MMR based on the unethical source of its growth medium.
The very nature of communion, a fundamental tenant of our Christian faith, is that bread and wine (representing the voluntary sacrifice of Christ’s body) is ceremonially and prayerfully ingested in an act of God’s forgiveness of human sin. Emphasis is on Christ’s sacrifice as the sole source of salvation. Communion illuminates the degrading nature of injecting another person’s DNA (involuntarily sacrificed) into our bodies because its wholly and abhorrently out of step with the symbolic and spiritual nature of our faith.
There is an outcry of the Christian community – protestants and Catholics alike – who claim the removal of religious exemptions violates the our constitutional right of Free Exercise of Religion. Its removal would mandate conscientious pro-life Christians who avoid vaccines derived from aborted fetal cell lines violate their own religious principals by injecting WI-38 into themselves or their children.
Some high profile and very influential religious leaders have stated there is no moral conflict between the cell lines and practice of religious faith on the basis of Bioethics. However, the fact stands that fetal remains were used to create cell lines for Measles, Adenovirus, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertusis, Polio, Haemophilus influenza type b (HIB), Hepatitis A, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Varicella (Chickenpox), Rabies, and Shingles vaccines and for many of us it’s a painful discovery. Within my own denomination there is a lot of discussion on the subject because of our historically pro-life stand. Many of us feel that the use of the MMR is simply unacceptable, why should we be forced to violate our faith?
Stanley Plotkin admits use of countless aborted fetuses for vaccination development: