In a history class Iím taking we recently talked about the 1970s feminist movement, which brought up the Roe v. Wade case which in turn brought up a debate about abortions. My teacher, while claiming to stay neutral, (which he didnít but thatís for rantidote) made the comment that some vaccines are made from the cells of aborted fetuses, specifically the chicken pox and the Hepatitis A vaccines. This just doesnít sound correct to me. I asked him for his sources and he said he found it on the Net ( so you know it must be true ). I have learned to take what he says with a grain of salt after he tried to passes off the Kennedy/ Lincoln coincidences. I would like some info to take back to this class because I know some the students will take all he says as the gospel truth. I hope I donít start a debate about abortions on here, I just want to know if aborted fetuses are used in vaccines.
Says the info is from the 1997 Physicians' Desk Reference. Thimerisol, a mercury based preservative, may be removed from many of the child vaccines. Some vaccines are listed as having fetal tissue in them. The tissue may be used in a growth medium for the viruses (?)
I checked the current prescribing information for Havrix, the first on I saw on the list at the link above. It does say that it is "propagated in MRC5 human diploid cells". However the "(originating from human aborted fetal tissue)" is not a part of the prescribing information. There is no mention of the source of the diploid cells and all the sites I found which say it is aborted fetal tissue have an obvious bias. Maybe someone else knows if aborted fetal tissue is the source and the only source for these cells.
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