It didn’t take long for Joe Biden to shed his “faithful Catholic” label after taking over the White House. Just a week into office, he signed an executive order forcing Americans to send their tax dollars to Planned Parenthood so the massive abortion company could kill more babies around the world.
Shorter after that, he celebrated abortion on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, even though abortion has killed over 62 million unborn children.
Now the so-called “devout Catholic” is telling Americans that taking the COVID vaccine is the “Godly” thing to do, even though the vaccines have been linked to abortion and produced or testing using cells from babies killed in abortions. Moreover, Biden is urging Christian church leaders to promote morally compromised COVID vaccines to their congregations.
In a call with faith leaders earlier this month, Joe Biden urged those in church leadership to mobilize their congregations to get the Covid vaccine.
“You know — and I don’t, you know — some people think that’s an imposition on people’s freedom. I think it’s the — a godly thing to do,” Biden said.
“Protect your brother and sister. That’s what this is about. It’s about protecting people. It’s a patriotic duty I think we have,” Biden added. “When they’re in your sanctuaries, you can talk to them about what we have to do, what’s available, and not to be fearful — not to be fearful getting the vaccine.”
In addition to “the godly thing to do,” Biden added, “I think [getting vaccinated is] more than a patriotic duty; I think it’s a moral duty.”
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The coronavirus vaccines have different levels of association with abortion. All currently available COVID-19 vaccines have some connection to aborted babies – some more than others. The Charlotte Lozier Institute identified several that are being developed ethically without cell lines derived from aborted babies, but they are not available yet.
The Pfizer vaccine does not contain any cells from aborted babies, and it was not developed with fetal cell lines; but testing on the vaccine did involve a cell line created from cells taken from an aborted baby.
Pro-lifers and religious leaders have conflicting opinions about the vaccines. Many have recommended that people avoid the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, but disagree about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
According to research from the Charlotte Lozier Institute, developers of the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines used cell lines created from aborted babies in design and development, production and confirmatory lab tests. No cells from aborted babies are in the actual vaccines.
In the case of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, cell lines created from an aborted baby were used in “the animal-phase testing,” but they were not used in the development or production of the vaccines. Because the connection to abortion is small, many – including Catholic leaders – say these two vaccines are acceptable, especially when no alternative is available. However, others argue that any connection to abortion, even a remote one, makes a vaccine unethical.
Vaccines can be and are produced with ethical materials, including pluripotent stem cells and tissue from placentas, umbilical cords and amniotic fluid. In 2018, the Trump administration created a $20 million grant to invest in these ethical research alternatives.