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ACTION ALERT
About our Ministry of Life
Hope After Abortion
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Calendar of Events
Pregnant? Need Help?
40 Days for Life
Ministry To and With Persons with Disablities
Pastoral Response to Mental Illness
Mental Illness in the Parish
Greeting from Bishop Pates to Persons with Disabilities in the Joliet Diocese
Praying & Offering Help to those at Abortion Clinics
Voter Guides and ''Do's & Don'ts'' of Parish Political Activity
Bishop R. Daniel Conlon's Statement
Prayer with Our Lady of Guadalupe During COVID-19 Pandemic
 

There is absolutely no reason why a vaccine for COVID-19 should be connected to abortion. But that is exactly what may happen in the coming months.

Among the dozens of vaccines currently in development, some are being produced using old cell lines that were created from the cells of aborted babies.

There is no need to further exploit the bodies of aborted children.

Other cell lines or processes that do not involve cells from abortions are available!

In fact, they are regularly used for producing vaccines and are being used by some drug companies to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) along with leaders of many healthcare, bioethics, and pro-life organizations, is urging the Administration to make sure that vaccines for COVID-19 are developed ethically and are free from any connection to the exploitation of abortion.

Take Action today by clicking here.

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Background

The coalition letter to the FDA expresses strong support for efforts to develop an effective, safe, and widely available vaccine as quickly as possible, but also strongly urges the federal government to “ensure that fundamental moral principles are followed in the development of such vaccines, most importantly, the principle that human life is sacred and should never be exploited.” The bishops and others note, “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.”

To view all of the signatories and to read the full text of the letter, click here.