Answer: B. Hep A; D. Rabies; E. Zovirax; and F. IPV.
Only one form of IPV that is in Pentacel is grown in cultured human fetal fibroblast lines. Not surprisingly, these are all viral vaccines which require cells to grow. Also not surprisingly, human viruses grow better in human cells than animal cells. No new fetal tissue has been used since the fetal lines do not die out. Nor were these two elective abortions performed with the intent to obtain tissue for culture and study.
2. The official position of the Catholic Church on this matter is:
A. An official statement/policy has not been issued.
B. The Church is opposed to the use of any vaccines derived from aborted fetal tissue.
C. The Church says that the decision not to use these vaccines is morally worse than the decision to use these vaccines.
D. The Church considers it a sin to use these vaccines, but a sin that is easily forgiven since these parents are doing what is best for their child and society.
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► Moral Reflections on Vaccines Prepared from Cells from Aborted Human Fetuses. Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith. 2005.
► Consenting to vaccination for Rubella. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1994.
► Human Fetal Links with Some Vaccines. National Network for Immunization Information. 2008.