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    Beyond ProLife: Vaccines

    February 28, 2007 by Brandy Vencel

    Last year, I wrote a series I called Beyond ProLife that covered issues such as adopting the unwanted and rescuing snowflakes. I have decided to keep adding to this because I think Christians often limit the definition of being pro-life to being merely anti-abortion. I have the desire to see the Church build a culture that affirms life in every area. And it has come to my attention that vaccines are an often overlooked piece of the puzzle.

    There are many health reasons not to vaccinate. A great place to begin research on the health aspects are books like How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, Raising a Vaccine Free Child, and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations, just to name a few.

    I, however, don’t plan on discussing the health issues {though I believe they are very real}. What I want to discuss is that many, if not most, vaccines are derived using the cell lines of aborted babies. Most of them use cells of babies aborted 40 years ago. The use of human tissue isn’t just in the past.

    An organization that monitors this situation called Children of God for Life maintains a poorly designed website. It is still a good resource. There is a quick-reference chart that gives the name of each vaccine, the manufacturer’s name, which fetal cell line is used in production, and whether or not an ethical alternative is available. I must note here that “ethical alternatives” mean that the vaccine is grown on the cell lines of an animal instead. This is often considered to be more dangerous, especially considering the cancer caused when the SV40 monkey virus got into the polio vaccines in the 1950s.

    I have my opinions concerning whether or not it is wise to vaccinate a child at all, but I’m going to try to keep that to myself. This is because I think it is important that each person over 18 do the research for themselves, and each parent do the research for their child. This is what it means to be responsible in this area.

    I have quoted Lewis before: “The most dangerous ideas in a society are not the ones being debated, but the ones that are assumed.” Vaccines are assumed by mainstream America. And mainstream America appears {from observing all the drug commercials appearing everywhere} to be sicker than ever. Dr. Robert Mendelsohn once wrote, “Have we traded mumps and measles for cancer and leukemia?” Even if the answer is “no,” one must consider whether one is unknowingly allowing a drug company to profit off of the murder of a fetus killed 40 years prior.


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