Friday, May 26, 2006

Catholic doctors urge substitutes for abortion-linked vaccines

Catholics should pressure pharmaceutical companies and government authorities to quickly come up with alternatives to vaccines derived from cells taken from aborted fetuses, according to an association of U.S. Catholic physicians.

The Catholic Medical Association, based in Needham, Mass., said in a mid-May statement that "physicians and patients are permitted to use the vaccines when no effective alternative is available." But patients may decide not to use vaccines derived from aborted fetuses as long as the refusal does not place children or the general public at significant risk, the statement added. [snip] Catholic News Service

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