CNA Staff, 09 March, 2021 / 5:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Eighty-six Catholic women from 25 countries issued a letter Monday opposing what they called “abortion-tainted” COVID-19 vaccines, and arguing Church statements approving their use rely on “an incomplete assessment of the science of vaccination and immunology.”
The signatories of the letter include doctors, nurses, bioethics experts, religious sisters, and pro-life activists from four continents.
“We cannot sit back as the use of aborted human fetuses in medical research is gradually normalized as an ‘unfortunate’ part of modern-day medicine,” the women stated. “It is time for clergy and laity to boldly confront this horror and defend the right to life for the most vulnerable with ‘maximum determination.’”
Among those who signed the statement are prominent American pro-life activist Abby Johnson, along with Sr. Deirdre “Dede” Byrne, POSC, a religious sister, surgeon, and retired army officer.
The March 8 statement was also signed by Dr. Wanda Półtawska, a Polish physician who was a victim of pseudo-medical experiments in a Nazi concentration camp for four years in her early 20s.
In the letter, the women noted the argument “that using an abortion-tainted vaccine is morally licit because the cooperation in evil is ‘remote,’” pointing to statements by Catholic bishops and the Vatican, but suggesting these positions may not “reflect the true breadth and gravity” of the situation.