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Aborted Fetal Cell Line Products

Aborted Fetal Cell Line Products are products that have been made using aborted fetal cell
lines. Products include vaccines, drugs and cosmetics.
Contents
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1 About
2 History
o 2.1 WI-38
o 2.2 MCR-5
o 2.3 PER C6
3 Vaccines
4 Drugs
5 Cosmetics
6 External Links
7 References
About
Below is a summary from Right to Life of Michigan regarding how aborted fetal cell lines are used
to create vaccines:
[1]

The vaccine process works by collecting samples of the actual virus, then growing and altering
them in the laboratory to make a weakened strain of the disease. The weakened strain is put into
a serum and administered into the body (usually by injection). The bodys immune system is more
capable of attacking and destroying the weakened virus, and thus develops the ability to
effectively fight off the actual disease should the person ever be exposed to it.'
In order to develop the weakened viral strain, there must be a medium or cell culture to grow it
in. The virus invades the culture cells, feeds off the cell, matures, and multiplies. The cell cultures
are a single type of cell that multiplies itself in a predictable fashion and can be sustained in a
laboratory setting for years, even decades. These long-lasting cell cultures are called cell lines.
The original cells that start these cell lines have been taken from a wide variety of sources, from
monkey embryo and kidney cells, to chicken and rabbit embryos, and tragically, from aborted
human babies. The issue of concern is that many common vaccines were developed using cell
lines that originally were cells taken from electively aborted babies. The vaccines themselves do
not contain fetal cells, but it is presumed that there is residual biological matter from the fetal
cells that has been assimilated into the vaccine.
History
There following three fetal cell lines have been used in vaccine development. They are named
according to the laboratory facilities where they were developed. The below information is
provided via Right to Life of Michigan:
[1]

WI-38
One cell line is known as WI-38, developed at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, PA. The other
is MRC-5, developed for the Medical Research Council in England. WI-38 was developed by Dr.
Leonard Hayflick in 1962, by taking lung cells from an aborted female baby at approximately the
end of the third month of pregnancy. Dr. Hayflicks article published in the journal Experimental
Cell Research states that three cell lines, WI-26, WI-38, WI-44 were all developed from aborted
babies. All embryos were obtained from surgical abortions and were of approximately three
months gestation.
[2]
Dr. Stanley Plotkin, who developed a Rubella vaccine using WI-38,
addressed a question at an international conference as to the origin of WI-38. Dr. Plotkin stated:
[3]

This fetus was chosen by Dr. Sven Gard, specifically for this purpose. Both parents are
known, and unfortunately for the story, they are married to each other, still alive and well,
and living in Stockholm, presumably. The abortion was done because they felt they had
too many children. There were no familial diseases in the history of either parent, and no
history of cancer specifically in the families.
MCR-5
The origin of the MCR-5 cell line, created in 1966, is documented in the journal Nature by
three British researchers working at the National Institute for Medical Research. They wrote,
We have developed another strain of cells, also derived from foetal lung tissue, taken from
a 14-week male foetus removed for psychiatric reasons from a 27 year old woman with a
genetically normal family history and no sign of neoplastic disease both at abortion and for
at least three years afterward.
[4]
Noting that their research parallels that of Dr. Hayflicks
development of the WI-38 cell line, the researchers conclude, Our studies indicate that by
presently accepted criteria, MRC-5 cellsin common with WI-38 cells of similar origin
have normal characteristics and so could be used for the same purposes as WI-38 cells.
[4]

PER C6
There is a more recent cell line, PER C6, developed in 1985, which is being used currently
in research to develop vaccines to treat Ebola and HIV. The origin of PER C6 is clearly
documented. In direct testimony before the Food and Drug Administrations Vaccines and
Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, Dr. Alex Van Der Eb, the scientist who
developed PER C6, stated:
So I isolated retina [cells] from a fetus, from a healthy fetus as far as could be seen, of 18
weeks old. There was nothing special in the family history, or the pregnancy was completely
normal up to the 18 weeks, and it turned out to be a socially indicated abortus, abortus
provocatus, and that was simply because the woman wanted to get rid of the fetus.
[5]

Currently several vaccines using the PER C6 cell line are in development. Undoubtedly the
cells used to establish PER C6 came from a healthy baby, aborted from a healthy mother
for social convenience reasons. While many of the common childhood vaccines used today
were developed using the WI-38 and MRC-5 fetal cell lines, there are some vaccines
available that were developed using animal cell lines. The tables on the following page
indicate all U.S. abortion-tainted vaccines, and the available alternatives.
Vaccines
Below is a list of vaccines known to have been made using aborted fetal cell lines - and their
ethical alternatives. Information is provided by Sound Choice and is current as of June
2014.
[6]

Disease
Product
Name
Manufactur
er
Fetal
Cell
Line
Ethical
Version
Manufacture
r
Cell
Line
Acute Respiratory
Adenovirus
4,7 Oral
Barr Labs WI-38 None N/A N/A
Chickenpox Varivax
Varilrix
Merck
GSK WI-38
MRC-
5
None N/A N/A
Cystic Fibrosis Pulmozyme Genentech
HEK-
293
N-
acetylcystein
e, Hyper-sal
Various N/A
Hemophilia
rhFVIII,
rhVIX
Octapharma
HEK-
293
Advate,
Kogenate
Baxter Hamster
Hepatitis A Vaqta, Havrix Merck, GSK,
MRC-
5
Aimmungen Kaketsuken
Vero
(monke
y)
Hepatitis A
Avaxim,
Epaxal
Sanofi,
Berna
MRC-
5
Not
available in
US
(Japan &
Europe)
Vero
(monke
y)
Hepatitis A & B Twinrix GSK
MRC-
5
Engerix
Hep-B Only
GSK Yeast
Hepatitis A &
Typhoid
Vivaxim Sanofi
MRC-
5
Recombivax
Hep-B Only
Merck Yeast
Infection prevention G-CSF Octapharma
HEK-
293
Neupogen Amgen E-coli
Measles/Mumps/Rub
ella
MMR, Priorix Merck, GSK
RA273
, WI-
38
None in US N/A N/A
Measles-Rubella
MR Vax,
Eolarix
Merck, GSK
RA273
, WI-
38,
MRC-
5
Attenuvax
(Measles
Only)
Merck
Chick
embryo
Mumps-Rubella Biavax II Merck RA273
, WI-
Mumpsvax
(Mumps
Merck
Chick
38 Only) embryo
Rubella Meruvax II Merck
RA273
, WI-
38
Takahashi
(Not in US)
Kitasato
Institute
Rabbit
MMR + Chickenpox
ProQuad/MM
R-V
Merck
RA273
, WI-
38,
MRC-
5
None N/A N/A
Polio
Poliovax, DT
PolAds
Sanofi
Pasteur
MRC-
5
IPOL,
IMOVAX
Polio
Sanofi Pasteur
Vero
(monke
y)
Polio
Polio Sabin
(oral)
GSK
MRC-
5
IPOL,
IMOVAX
Polio
Sanofi Pasteur
Vero
(monke
y)
Polio Combination
(DTaP + polio+ HiB)
Pentacel,
Quadracel
Sanofi
Pasteur
MRC-
5
Pediarix +
HiB,
Pediacel
Infanrix
Hexa + HiB
IPOL + any
DTaP + HiB
Sanofi, GSK
Vero
(monke
y)
Rabies Imovax
Sanofi
Pasteur
MRC-
5
RabAvert Novartis
Chick
embryo
Rheumatoid Arthritis Enbrel Amgen
WI-26
VA4,
Hamst
er
Humira,
Cimzia,
Orencia
Abbott, UCB,
BMS
Hamster
Shingles Zostavax Merck
WI-38,
MRC-
5
None N/A N/A
Smallpox Acambis 1000 Acambis
MRC-
5
ACAM2000,
MVA3000
Acambis/Baxt
er
Vero
(monke
y)
Drugs
The following drugs were produced using aborted fetal cells and/or containing aborted fetal
DNA, proteins, or cellular debris:
[7]

Biologics for Sepsis:
Xigris (Eli Lilly) (withdrawn)
Drotrecogin alpha (activated)
Biologics for cystic fibrosis:
Pulmozyme (Roche/Genentech)
Dornase Alpha
Cosmetics
The following cosmetics were produced using aborted fetal cell lines and/or containing
aborted fetal DNA, proteins, or cellular debris:
[8]

Bio-Gel (NeoCutis)
Journee (NeoCutis)
Bio-Serum Intensive Treatment (NeoCutis)
Bio-Restorative Skin Cream (NeoCutis)
Lumiere (NeoCutis)
Prevedem (NeoCutis)
External Links
Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute - Research on products created using human
exploitation, and their ethical alternatives.
References
1.
1.0

1.1
Right to Life of Michigan: Vaccines, Abortion & Fetal Tissue (accessed on
Aug. 6, 2014)
2. L. Hayflick et al., The Limited In Vitro Lifetime of Human Diploid Cell Strains,
Experimental Cell Research 37, (1965): 615.
3. Gamma Globulin Prophylaxis; Inactivated Rubella Virus; Production and
Biological Control of Live Attenuated Rubella Virus Vaccines, American Journal of
Diseases of Childhood 118, no. 2 (1969): 378.
4.
4.0

4.1
J.P. Jacobs et al., Characteristics of a Human Diploid Cell Designated
MRC-5, Nature 227 (1970): 168 - 170.
5. Transcript of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee
of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, hearing date 16 May 2001, 91.
6. Children of God for Life: USA & CANADA - ABORTED FETAL CELL LINE
PRODUCTS AND ETHICAL ALTERNATIVES (June 2014) (accessed on Aug. 5,
2014)
7. Sound Choice: Drugs (accessed on Aug. 5. 2014)
8. Sound Choice: Cosmetics (accessed on Aug. 5, 2014)

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