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Half of the U.S. adult population is simultaneously both against abortion and for a vaccine schedule that uses induced abortion derived fetal cells. How can such an extreme form of moral hypocrisy be maintained by millions without virtually any discussion?
It is an extremely cognitively dissonant fact that at least half of Americans polled consider themselves to be against abortion (i.e. "pro-life"), yet the vast majority of Americans support a vaccine schedule that requires the induced abortion of a fetus (and the subsequent harvesting of aborted fetal cells) for the production of vaccines injected into their loved ones.
Induced abortion-derived fetal cells are used in the production of a range of medical products, but primarily biologicals like vaccines. Their use was first innovated by Dr. Leonard Hayflick, in the 1960's, working at the Wistar Institute located in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Hayflick found them an ideal substrate for the growth of viruses to be used in live vaccines. It has been estimated that, "One aborted baby can be the source of a cell strain with a potential yield of about 20 million metric tons of cells, which can be stored frozen for many years."1 Clearly their utility for the mass production of vaccines is one reason why they were chosen despite the moral controversy.
You can view an extensive list of fetal cell derived products here, along with the particular fetal cell line used, the manufacturer of the product, and what if any 'ethical' non-fetal cell products exist as an alternative. Below is a diagram of the vaccines in the U.S. and Canada vaccine schedules that contain aborted cell line derived vaccines (in red):
We should also note that one of our readers pointed out that there are plenty of pro-choice persons in the U.S. that are also pro-mandatory vaccine, or at least complicit with the removal of philosophical and religious exemptions -- another glaring example of the hypocrisy.
The Ignorance or Immorality of Pro-Vaccine/Pro-Lifers?
While it may not be possible to reconcile the inconsistent moral logic operative within a population of millions of pro-life and pro-vaccine individuals, we can at least try to better understand how such an extreme form of hypocrisy could have arisen.
A lack of scientific literacy combined with a lack of full disclosure from the medical profession may be at the root of the problem. Because cells from aborted fetuses are labeled "diploid cells" in the ingredients lists of vaccines that contain them, the reality of their origin can become obscured by technical language. Diploid simply means a cell that contains a nucleus with two complete sets of chromosomes, one contributed by each parent. Were the colloquial term "aborted fetus cells" used, and if medical professions considered it their ethical responsibility to inform patients that they are unknowingly violating their own religious principles, it would be far harder to evade the obviously untenable moral incongruity implied by their use.
Ethically speaking, it is doubtful that ignorance alone would fully absolve one from the moral obligations and imperatives of one's religion and one's God. But even if this were the case, vaccines are products that get directly injected into infants and children and whose ingredient lists are publicly available. Why are parents not doing their due diligence by reading the ingredient lists on vaccines in the same way that they are now with reading food labels? The problem with vaccine ingredients, of course, is not just one of morality, but toxicology. The fact that aluminum, mercury or formaldehyde, are still being used in them should be reason alone to question their safety. But the fetal DNA itself that contaminates vaccines is also a concern as far as contributing to autoimmunity and the increase in autism spectrum disorder.
The Pro-Vaccine/Pro-Life's Faith In the God of "Science" over Religion
Let's look a little deeper at the underlying psychology here. Whether consciously or not, the illogical and immoral behavior of millions of avowedly pro-life and pro-vaccine parents reveals at least two other possibilities.
First, they are making a utilitarian decision on some level. Practically speaking, they are willing to disregard one of their religion's most fundamental moral precepts because they believe by doing so these abortion-derived vaccines will protect themselves and their children from life-threatening diseases. Clearly here the health of the body is being prioritized over the health of the soul.
Second, it reflects a lack of authentic religious faith. Clearly, for this population, the religion of Modern Medicine and its supposedly Science-Based scriptures trumps that of religious tenets that forbid support of abortion and/or complicity with it.
Where the American public places their faith -- not in theory but as actually practiced -- is at the heart of the issue. Most Americans believe it a foregone conclusion that the "science on vaccine safety and efficacy is settled," when, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth when the actual, non-industry funded published literature is taken into account. Given the uncritical and unquestioning faith the general populace has in the media and government on vaccine issues (The CDC's authority, for instance, being eminence-based and not evidence-based), their assumption that their children's lives will be in dire peril if they don't vaccinate clearly overrides supposedly God-ordained moral precepts that must be obeyed to ensure their souls won't be in dire peril. What does this say about modern religious beliefs and their waning strength?
The Dalai Lama himself exemplifies this transition from faith in Religion to that of Science. We can assume he officially launched the oral polio vaccine campaign in India a few years ago because of a belief that not vaccinating is more dangerous than vaccinating, even though the Eastern religious precept of 'do no harm,' or ahimsa (which ironically is Western/Hippocratean as well) would preclude an unnecessary medical intervention like live virus vaccination whose side effects include paralysis and death. Indeed, in his book, The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality, he wrote: "If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims."
Science, or more correctly, Scientism has become the most powerful "religion" (i.e. faith-based ideological construct) in the world, effectively devouring all other belief systems. Actual science is empirically and phenomenologically grounded in observable phenomena. Scientism, on the other hand, is a political agenda, and applies a Napoleonic epistemological construct of absolute control: what is not explicitly validated as real is implicitly denied validity. This is equivalent to saying that what you yourself don't perceive of the vast universe with your own eyes does not exist at all. View the meme below to see a clarification of the profound difference between actual Science and how Scientism and unregulated Capitalism combine to co-opt the "evidence":
Vaccination As A Form of Biopolitical Control
The truth is that vaccination is the crown jewel of the modern medical and pharmaceutical propaganda machine, and is an indoctrination ritual as powerful and symbolic as the Eucharist is to Catholics or the pow-wow to Native Americans.
Ironically, the assertion that "vaccines have saved millions of lives" has little to no basis in actual high-quality scientific evidence: i.e., randomized, clinical trials, (RCTs). RCTs are the so-called top of the evidence quality food chain within the much glorified "Evidence-Based Medicine" model. Only notoriously manipulable and erroneous epidemiological data can lend support to these dubious claims. In fact, one need only search through the Cochrane Collaboration reviews on the RCTs on vaccines like influenza to see that unequivocal evidence for their safety and evidence simply does not exist. Indeed, no clinical study has ever been published comparing the vaccinated with an unvaccinated control group -- making the assertion of their value as "evidence-based" absolutely absurd. What about polio? This is another archetypal example of vaccine misinformation. Polio was never proven to be "caused by the virus," nor was its steep decline in the 20th century attributable to the polio vaccine, nor will it ever be eradicated from the planet because it is now technically impossible to do so. In fact, the opposite is true, and the oral polio vaccine may be responsible for ten's of thousands of cases of polio paralysis each year in India alone.
We see one expression of the apotheosis of Scientism in the present day tidal wave of legislation throughout the U.S. aimed to remove all philosophical and religious exemptions against vaccination. The primary justification used to overturn one's right to bodily self-possession is that "the science is settled ... vaccines are safe and effect" (i.e. "science by proclamation"), and by implication, not vaccinating and exercising freedom of choice is defined as doing violence to others.
So far, as evidenced by the fall of CA's exemption rights vis-à-vis SB277, the Pharma lobbyist and Scientism-driven political agenda is winning. Implied by this transition away from the freedom to choose whether to vaccinate or not is that one's sovereign right to bodily self-possession, and your right to determine what happens to the bodies of your offspring, is that your autonomy is forfeited, and the State now lays claim to everyone's body. This could be considered a form of what the 20th century French philosopher Michel Foucault called biopolitics, where hyper-medicalization is used as a strategy by governments to control its population and not for the ostensible reason of providing healthcare services. Given that today being infected with a novel form of influenza has been written into the law via executive order as a quantifiable "offense," the medical and military models have merged to a point where one could theoretically be classified as a bioweapon/bioterroist either by being determined infected by a particular pathogen or by refusing a vaccine designed to protect against it.
One has to wonder if the absurdity of the pro-life/pro-vaccine hybrid is just an expression of the Zeitgeist we are now transiting through: a period of the complete secularization of faith, such that Science has now become the centralizing and preempting God of all other belief systems, and by implication that there is only one Truth and one Way to apply it medically speaking. The resultant Medical Monotheism requires absolute obedience to the absurd notion that there is only one way to define and treat the body. This, of course, makes biomedical interventions like vaccination and chemotherapy mandatory, and marks the end of all personal choice and liberty.
1 DEVELOPMENT OF VACCINES FROM ABORTED BABIES Jessica Farnsworth, M.D., May 2011