Ph. D. John D. Graben Stein
April 8, 2012
Some of today’s vaccines are cultivated on cell lines from aborted human fetuses. This itself promotes ethical questions, which is further reinforced by the fact that mostly no one have knowledge of these facts. Few parents are aware of this when they vaccinate their children, and it is unlikely that the topic is well-known among health professionals. It is reasonable to think that some people based on ethical education and religious reasons will be uncomfortable about these facts. One can question whether this issue is controversial to such a degree that it would be prudent to disclose the circumstances to the patients – in this respect their parents.
Cell lines and virus strains from aborted fetuses:
Among the cell lines that have been used we find WI-38 derived from the lung tissue of a three-month-old girl fetus. Another cell line, MRC-5 derived from lung tissue of a 14 week old male fetus. These cell lines was derived in the 1960s and 70s, but came in use in vaccines at a later date. The vaccines that have been cultivated on these lines is rubella (German measles), varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis A and rabies.
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