An Alabama steel company filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employers, saying it violates company leaders’ religious beliefs about the sanctity of human life.
McClatchy News Service reports FabArc, a steel company in Oxford, Alabama, opposes the mandate because all of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines have connections to abortion.
The company employs more than 100 people so it is required to follow the Biden administration’s new Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) mandate. The rule requires companies to force their employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by 2022.
FabArc president Tony Pugh, a Christian, said he decided to fight the mandate because he opposes vaccines “produced in connection with aborted fetal cell lines.” None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain actual cells from aborted babies, but they all have links to abortion, some more-so than others.
Multiple companies have filed lawsuits against the mandate, but the FabArc lawsuit takes a unique approach by challenging it on religious freedom grounds, according to the report.
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In its lawsuit to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Alabama Center for Law and Liberty, which is representing Pugh, said the mandate violates the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“This suit is about more than just fighting a bad emergency rule,” center president Matt Clark said. “It’s about federalism, free markets, religious liberty and the individual freedom to control one’s own healthcare decisions. This ETS is the most sweeping that OSHA has ever issued, but it has given us a chance to fight for first principles. We are grateful for our clients’ stand, and we look forward to representing them in this suit.”
According to Al.com, the lawsuit names U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Assistant Secretary of Labor Douglas Parker as defendants.
Vaccine mandates by the federal government, schools, employers and other entities are being challenged in lawsuits across the country, with some individuals pointing to the connection between the vaccines and aborted babies as the reason for their opposition.
Opinions about the ethics of the new COVID-19 vaccines vary even among many Christians and pro-life advocates.
The Vatican issued a statement in 2020 declaring that it is morally acceptable for Catholics to take vaccines even if they use cell lines create from aborted babies because of the vaccines’ life-saving impact. But other Catholic and pro-life leaders have argued that any connection between the vaccines and the killing of unborn babies in abortions is immoral.
None of the vaccines contain cells from aborted babies, but they all have links to abortion, some more-so than others.
The companies Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca used cell lines created from babies who were aborted decades ago in the development and testing of their vaccines. These cell lines are clones of the aborted babies’ cells.
The connections between abortion and the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are much more limited, with cell lines created from aborted babies used only in testing the products.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute has a list of the vaccines with information about whether cell lines created from aborted babies were used in testing and/or production. Find it here.