Children of God for Life released a new list this week that informs consumers about products that are made or tested with cells from aborted babies.
The pro-life organization’s popular list has been successful in persuading companies like PepsiCo and Kraft to switch to ethical alternatives for testing their products.
In an email to supporters this week, the pro-life group said it noticed some confusion about how aborted babies’ cells are involved with certain products on the list. Organizers released the new list to clarify any confusion.
The group emphasized that there are no food products that contain materials from aborted babies, and there never have been. Some food products have been tested using aborted fetal materials, but the cells from aborted babies were not used in the actual food product, according to the group.
“There are no food products containing aborted fetal material – nor has there ever been!” the group said in the email to LifeNews.
The organizers explained:
Our very successful Pepsi Boycott drew world-wide attention back in 2011-2012 when prolife organizations and other concerned individuals joined our efforts to force PepsiCo to alter their agreement with Senomyx. This company produces artificial flavor enhancers for several foods and beverage companies and they were testing those flavors using the aborted fetal cell line HEK-293.
Despite the fact that we emphasized the HEK-293 was only used to test the products and was not actually in the flavorings, some websites put out wildly dramatic headlined stories that people were consuming dead babies!
The group noted that there are some vaccines, medicines and cosmetics that do use materials derived from aborted babies directly in the product. The list, which can be found here, provides details about the products.
Pro-lifers have been using the list for many years to stay away from unethical products and vaccines. It is an easy, one-page reference guide. Its vaccine list also notes when there are ethical alternatives.
The list has prompted massive campaigns against Pepsi, Kraft, Campbell Soup and other companies that had products tested with cells from aborted babies. In each case, the companies responded positively to pro-lifers’ concerns.
The 2012 campaign involving PepsiCo proved very successful, and the company agreed to alter its contract with the biotech firm that uses cells from aborted babies in some of its tests. Pro-lifers praised the company for listening to their concerns.
Echoing what many doctors have said, Debi Vinnedge, of Children of God for Life, emphasized that aborted babies’ bodies are not necessary for medical research or product development.
In a 2015 article at LifeNews, Vinnedge said aborted fetal material has never been used to cure any disease, and vaccines can be developed with ethical alternatives.
“The fact of the matter is that aborted fetal tissue is absolutely unnecessary for vaccine production or any medical research. There are numerous FDA approved moral cell lines and if human cells are desired, they can be obtained from a plethora of non-objectionable sources including umbilical cord, cord blood and other adult stem cells,” Vinnedge said.