Catholic archdiocese warns that Johnson & Johnson vaccine is morally compromised

The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans is warning Christians that the latest Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which has just been approved for use by the FDA, is morally compromised because it was made from stem cells from aborted fetuses.

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There has been much discussion of late over the COVID-19 vaccines becoming available to the public as a means of bringing the pandemic under control. For Catholics in particular there has been much discussion and debate about moral and ethical questions around the development of the vaccines in regards to their use of morally compromised cell lines created from two abortions that occurred, one in the 1970s and one in the 1980s.

The Archdiocese of New Orleans, in light of guidance from the Vatican, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and The National Catholic Bioethics Center affirm that though there was some lab testing that utilized the abortion-derived cell line, the two vaccines currently available from Pfizer and Moderna do not rely on cell lines from abortions in the manufacturing process and therefore can be morally acceptable for Catholics as the connection to abortion is extremely remote.

It is under the same guidance that the archdiocese must instruct Catholics that the latest vaccine from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson is morally compromised as it uses the abortion-derived cell line in development and production of the vaccine as well as the testing.

We maintain that the decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine remains one of individual conscience in consultation with one’s healthcare provider. We also maintain that in no way does the Church’s position diminish the wrongdoing of those who decided to use cell lines from abortions to make vaccines. In doing so, we advise that if the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine is available, Catholics should choose to receive either of those vaccines rather than to receive the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of its extensive use of abortion-derived cell lines.



If and when I decide to get the vaccine, I won’t be getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for this very reason.

It should be repugnant to all Christians, Catholic or not, that a life-saving vaccine was made from the remains of an unborn child who was murdered in the womb.

While I don’t believe the AstraZeneca vaccine is available here yet, it is also morally compromised in the same way and if there’s a choice between it and another non-morally compromised vaccine, Christians should most certainly choose the latter.

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