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Aborted babies can't be used to develop vaccines, say U.S. bishops.
They sent an open letter Friday to Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asking for a COVID-19 vaccine that's "free from any connection to abortion."
The letter was signed by four U.S. bishops on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as by a host of prominent U.S. pro-life leaders.
It requests that work on vaccines follow "the principle that human life is sacred and should never be exploited."
The letter, also sent to President Donald Trump, lists Janssen Pharmaceuticals as one company that's using "old cell lines" derived from aborted babies.
Janssen was recently awarded a $456 million contract to develop a vaccine for the Wuhan virus — this, in spite of last year's funding restrictions by the Trump administration on research using human fetal tissue "obtained from elective abortions."
But the restrictions gave a pass to so-called old cell lines that were "already-established as of June 5, 2019."
Not caring when the abortions took place, moral-minded Americans launched various petitions demanding that vaccines be abortion-free.
The bishops finally took notice, saying "It is critically important that Americans have access to a vaccine that is produced ethically. No American should be forced to choose between being vaccinated against this potentially deadly virus and violating his or her conscience."
As the number of U.S. dead approaches 50 thousand, many Americans may be forced to choose between putting their life at risk or supporting abortion.