The Personhood Alliance's official position on vaccine ethics
The Personhood Alliance’s official position on vaccine ethics is a culmination of 2 months of committee work, which included affiliate representatives from eight states, both Catholic and evangelical, and independent physician reviewers. The committee’s recommendation was unanimously approved by the Personhood Alliance’s national board of directors.
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Summary of vaccine ethics resources
The following documents, articles, and resources are available to the public regarding the Personhood Alliance’s official position on vaccine ethics:
- An updated COVID-19 vaccine religious exemption form for employees and college students (post- FDA approval)
- A COVID-19 vaccine religious exemption form for employees and college students (includes language relating to the experimental nature of the vaccines, prior to FDA approval)
- The Charlotte Lozier Institute’s current, fully cited chart on COVID-19 vaccine candidates and abortion-derived cell lines
- A press release announcing our official position on vaccine ethics
- A press release rebuttal to public criticisms of our position
- The conference presentation on ethics and scientific facts that YouTube banned, featuring Dr. Alan Moy of the John Paul II Medical Research Institute and Sarah Quale of Personhood Alliance Education
- Article series – COVID-19 vaccine mandates are medically futile, likely illegal, Part 1: A primer on vaccine science
- Article series – COVID-19 vaccine mandates are medically futile, likely illegal, Part 2: Efficacy overstated, hazards understated
- Article series – COVID-19 vaccine mandates are medically futile, likely illegal, Part 3: Strategies for combating COVID-19 vaccine mandates
- Article: Yes, Novavax used HEK293, an aborted fetal cell line
- Article: Practical tools for standing up to COVID-19 vaccine mandates
- Article: Making sense of the COVID-19 vaccine hearing at SCOTUS
- Article: The unethical testing of “ethical” COVID vaccines
- Article: 6 of 8 Operation Warp Speed COVID vaccines are unethical
- Article: Restoring vaccine religious exemptions in Virginia
- Article: Vaccines in Colorado – Informed choice or forced mandate?
Official position: The 10 foundational tenets
- Many vaccines are still produced and/or tested using human diploid cell cultures originally harvested from aborted human beings (hereby referenced as unethical vaccines),   which in turn, has had an impact on families’ access to common, ethically produced vaccines at present; Researchers have developed several new fetal cell lines from aborted human beings to supplement or replace the original fetal cell lines.   
- Remnants of the DNA of aborted human beings are present in vaccines produced unethically and researchers are currently studying the level of risk to patients receiving these vaccines and the manufacturing protocols necessary to reduce this risk, with guidance from the FDA.
- Some pharmaceutical companies are moving away from unethical production and testing of vaccines because of public pressure, but more must be done to produce ethical vaccines—that is, derived from animal, plant, synthetic, or human cells from consenting persons—and demand ethical alternatives of more companies, particularly when taxpayer funding is involved.
- Interdenominational church positions on the use of unethical vaccines may differ,      but our common goal of ethical production and testing of vaccines remains. The Personhood Alliance seeks to find unity among various positions, where biblical personhood and the Word of God can be our foundation and where the rights of persons remain intact—the rights of born persons not to be forced to violate their own bodily integrity and/or moral conscience and the rights of pre-born persons not to be trafficked, commodified, and/or experimented upon without their consent.
- There are religious arguments that permit and sometimes encourage participation in vaccinations that use the originally aborted fetal cell lines; These arguments include, but are not limited to, the amount of time that has passed since the original abortions and the intent of the original abortions not being for vaccine production.  We find these arguments to be in error. Christians must demand an end to the trafficking and commodification of human beings at all stages of life and must not participate or accept practices that perpetuate and encourage the relationship between abortion, biomedical science, and human trafficking, no matter when that connection was initiated or how long a practice has been socially accepted.
- The production and testing of vaccines using the remains of aborted human beings, regardless of manner of conception and without their consent, is morally unacceptable and must be opposed. The Personhood Alliance strongly urges the rejection of such vaccines.
- The right of bodily integrity and the right to refuse medical treatments for moral, religious, health, or other reasons, must remain intact and protected by law when an individual considers whether to vaccinate or not. Bodily integrity emphasizes the importance of self-ownership and self-determination of human beings over their own physical bodies. The Personhood Alliance regards the violation of bodily integrity as unethical and intrusive.
- Humans are made in the image and likeness of Almighty God (Genesis 1:26-27); We have a duty to honor and care for the body God has given us as a temple of the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:20, 1 Corinthians 10:31) and therefore, to force or coerce a person to administer a substance into their body against their will is a violation of their biblical personhood. Such mandates and coercions are also a violation of the dignity of the human person, because freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are fundamental to human dignity.
- Parental decisions regarding vaccinations of children must be determined by the family and not by the State, according to biblical mandate (Romans 13:1-7) and legal precedent;  the family and the Church are legitimate authorities distinct from the civil magistrate and as such, the Personhood Alliance rejects the subordination of the family and Church to the State in these matters.
- Threats to religious freedom, as well as compelled speech,  in relation to forced or coerced vaccinations,  are already a reality in several states.       The Personhood Alliance is seeing increasing trends toward mandated vaccines with little to no exemptions for moral or religious objection. We stand against these Constitutional violations. The Christian conscience, bodily integrity, and the personhood of the human being must be protected.
On the basis of these 10 points, BE IT RESOLVED that:
The production of a vaccine or any medical therapy derived from the remains of a human being intentionally killed is wholly unethical and should be made unlawful. The Personhood Alliance affirms the inalienable right to life of pre-born human beings, regardless of the manner of conception, and thus, their right not to be trafficked, commodified, and/or experimented upon. The Personhood Alliance also affirms the rights of all people to refuse medical treatment and to reject violations of their and their family members’ bodily integrity, moral conscience, and Constitutional protections through forced or coerced vaccines.
Be it FURTHER RESOLVED that:
The Personhood Alliance affirms that, while the family, the Church, and the State have distinct spheres of authority, the State is subordinate to the family and the Church in matters of vaccination. Therefore, we acknowledge that Christians of all stations have a duty to reject unethical vaccines, to inform others of the connection between abortion, human trafficking, and biomedical science, and to publicly demand that ethical alternatives be produced, tested, and brought to market by pharmaceutical companies and public health officials.
 Charlotte Lozier Institute. (2020, June). A visual aid to viral infection and vaccine production. On Science, 1. Retrieved from https://s27589.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Viral-Infection-and-Vaccine-Production_On-Science_1_FINAL1.pdf
 Sherley, J. L., MD, PhD, & Prentice, D., PhD. (2020, May). An ethics assessment of COVID-19 vaccine programs. On Point, 46. Retrieved from https://lozierinstitute.org/an-ethics-assessment-of-covid-19-vaccine-programs/
 Moy, A., MD. (2020). How can one tell whether a COVID-19 vaccine was derived from an aborted fetal cell line? Retrieved from https://www.jp2mri.org/how-can-one-tell-whether-covid19
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 Bo, M., & Li-Fang, H., et al. (2015). Characteristics and viral propagation properties of a new human diploid cell line, walvax-2, and its suitability as a candidate cell substrate for vaccine production. Human Vaccines and Immonutherapeutics, 11(4):998-1009. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/21645515.2015.1009811
 SoundChoice Pharmaceuticals. (2020). DNA fragments research. Retrieved from https://www.soundchoice.org/research/dna-fragments-research/
 Yang, H. (2013, Mar-Apr). Establishing acceptable limits of residual DNA. PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, 67(2):155-63. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23569076/
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. (2010, February). Guidance for industry: Characterization and qualification of cell substrates and other biological materials used in the production of viral vaccines for infectious disease indications. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/media/78428/download
 Children of God for Life. (2020, June). Sanofi Pasteur discontinues aborted fetal polio vaccine – Using moral cell lines instead. Retrieved from https://cogforlife.org/2020/06/04/sanofi-pasteur-discontinues-aborted-fetal-polio-vaccine-using-moral-cell-lines-instead/
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2020, June 16). Fact sheet: Explaining Operation Warp Speed. [Press release]. Retrieved from https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/06/16/fact-sheet-explaining-operation-warp-speed.html
 Pontifical Academy for Life. (2006, Autumn). Moral reflections on vaccines prepared from cells derived from aborted human fetuses. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, 6(3):541-37. Copy of text available at https://www.immunize.org/talking-about-vaccines/vaticandocument.htm
 Pontifical Academy for Life: National Office for Health Pastoral Care, Association of Italian Catholic Doctors (2017, July). Note on Italian vaccine issue. Retrieved from http://www.academyforlife.va/content/pav/en/the-academy/activity-academy/note-vaccini.html
 Southern Baptist Convention. (2000). Resolution: On human fetal tissue trafficking. Retrieved from https://www.sbc.net/resource-library/resolutions/on-human-fetal-tissue-trafficking/
 Grobien, G., Dr., Rev. (2020). As long as vaccines are tied to abortions, Christians need exemptions. Retrieved from https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/06/as-long-as-vaccines-are-tied-to-abortion-christians-need-exemptions/
 Olasky, M. (2015). Applying a Christian worldview to the vaccination issue. Retrieved from https://world.wng.org/2015/03/applying_a_christian_worldview_to_the_vaccination_issue
 Mohler, A. (2019). The briefing: Part 1 – The complicated controversy over vaccines: Balancing public health, parental rights, and religious liberty. Retrieved from https://albertmohler.com/2019/06/17/briefing-6-17-19
 Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. (2015). Vaccination and the Christian worldview. Retrieved from https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/vaccination-and-the-christian-worldview/
 Randall, R. (2019). Not worth a shot: Why some Christians refuse vaccinations on moral grounds. Retrieved from https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/april-web-only/why-christians-refuse-measles-vaccinations-moral-grounds.html
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 National Conference of State Legislatures. (2020). States with religious and philosophical exemptions from school immunization requirements. Retrieved from https://www.ncsl.org/research/health/school-immunization-exemption-state-laws.aspx
 Utah State Legislature. (2017). HB308: Public health and schools. Retrieved from https://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/static/HB0308.html
 State of Connecticut. (2015). HB6949. Retrieved from https://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/ACT/pa/pdf/2015PA-00174-R00HB-06949-PA.pdf
 McCall, Ibid.
 National Conference of State Legislatures, Ibid.
 Medical Autonomy Colorado. (2020). Facts about SB20-163. Retrieved from https://medicalautonomy.co/2020/02/15/the-most-important-things-you-need-to-know-about-sb20-163-and-how-it-will-affect-you/
 Aguilera, E. (2019). Five things to know now about California’s new vaccine law. Retrieved from https://calmatters.org/health/2019/09/california-new-law-vaccination-medical-exemption/
 MPR News (2020). Vaccine exemptions defeated in Maine, a new law dividing parents is upheld. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/03/811284575/vaccine-requirements-are-on-the-ballot-in-maine-after-a-new-law-divided-parents
 Mississippi State Department of Health. (2020). Medical exemption policy. Retrieved from https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,71,688.html
 New York State Senate. (2020). Senate bill S2994. Retrieved from https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s2994/amendment/original
 Washington State Legislature. (2020). HB1638. Retrieved from https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1638&Initiative=false&Year=2019
 Stilt, D. (2020). Vaccines in Colorado: Informed choice or forced mandate? Retrieved from https://personhood.org/2020/07/15/vaccines-in-colorado-informed-choice-or-forced-mandate/