Answer: C. The Church says that the decision not to use these vaccines is morally worse than the decision to use these vaccines.
Under Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 a statement was issued saying that parents who chose not to use vaccines made in aborted fetal tissue would be in “more proximate cooperation with evil” than parents who chose to protect their children and society with the use of vaccines. Other Catholic organizations including the National Catholic Bioethics Center and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops agree that while a moral transgression occurred more than 50 years ago, the greater good is to use these vaccines today.
When I shared this information with the mother, she agreed to go ahead and get all the recommended vaccines. So as it turns out, a Pope, a fetus, and a vaccine were not the beginning of a bad joke but instead a kind of trinity that continues to save thousands of lives around the world every year.
► 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.