by Steven Ertelt
June 5, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Another doctors group is calling for new vaccines to be produced that don’t rely on tissue from babies who have been killed via abortions. The Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) says more should be done to come up with alternatives.
It has joined the Catholic Medical Association, which last month said an alternative was needed for a vaccine used in Iowa to treat a recent outbreak of the mumps.
In a statement, CMDA says it "encourages the use of and endorses the further development of medically effective and ethically permissible alternatives that do not raise the question of moral complicity.”
“Technology exists to make vaccines without using cell culture lines derived from aborted fetuses," explains Dr. David Stevens, the president of the 17,000-member organization.
"To their credit, some companies are using these methods to manufacture new vaccines such as the recently approved human papilloma virus vaccine," Dr. Stevens said. "It is time to reengineer older vaccine manufacturing to the same standards."
A pro-life group called Children of God for Life applauded the organization for taking a stand against using pro-abortion vaccines.
“We encourage pro-life physicians to protest further development of aborted fetal cell line vaccines”, Debi Vinnedge, the group’s director, said in a statement provided to LifeNews.com. “CMDA is doing just that."
“Using aborted fetal cell lines is similar to using embryonic stem cells rather than adult stem cells,” Vinnedge added. “Why even try to put out a product that a large number of people are going to have a moral objection to, when there are ethical means readily available?”
Part of the vaccine used in Iowa (MMR) to treat the outbreak is derived from tissue obtained from abortions, even though an alternative is available.
That the vaccine relies on killing babies before birth to cure others is causing problems for pro-life residents in Iowa.
"The concerns raised in Iowa show that this is a real issue for many people," Catholic Medical Association executive vice president Robert Saxer said last month. "Pharmaceutical companies and the FDA have a responsibility to address these concerns and provide vaccines that can be used by all."
The mumps vaccine is not the only one that relies on cells from aborted babies.
Vaccines that have been derived from cell lines originally prepared from tissue taken from voluntarily aborted babies include those for rubella, Hepatitis A, as well as others.
"The bottom line is that vaccines derived from abortions should mainly be avoided and used only when alternatives are unavailable," Saxer said. "But there is really no reason why those alternatives should be unavailable."