One of the biggest misunderstandings in the vaccine debate is that those who conscientiously object to abortion tainted vaccines are somehow anti-vaccination. That is furthest from the truth. The media especially, have a difficult time understanding, let alone explaining, why we rightfully object to abortion tainted vaccines. We want to protect our families, and our decision to abstain until alternatives become available has never come lightly. We are continually faced with this moral dilemma and unless we continue to fight for ethical alternatives, we will constantly be facing this torment of conscience. I ask, where is our choice?
I ‘d like to introduce you to Dr. Michal Pruski. An accomplished young Bioethicist with over 30 published articles in both ethics and Neurosciences and is currently in the Higher Specialist Scientist Training program at the Cedar Health Technology Research Centre in Wales.
He has written an article that is very easy to read and understand regarding those that conscientiously object to abortion tainted vaccines are NOT Anti-vaccination and that we have a right to that choice and to follow our conscience. Why is no one listening? Why are we not given that choice?
Conscience and Vaccines: Lessons from Babylon 5 and COVID-19
Babylon 5, like other great sci-fi franchises, touched on important ethical questions. Two ethical conundrums relating to the series’ main characters included providing life-saving treatment to a child against their parents’ wishes and potential involvement with a highly beneficial but morally dubious medication. I use these cases to discuss some aspects of the COVID-19 vaccines’ development and roll-out, demonstrating that people (be it patients or clinicians) might object to some vaccines due to reasonable ethics and safety-based concerns rather than due to an anti-vaxxer mind-set. I highlight that it would be disingenuous to lump these two groups of objections together for not all objections to specific vaccines are objections to vaccination in general. Rather, governments and pharmaceutical companies should seriously engage with the concerns of reasonable objectors to provide citizens with the appropriate products and ensure large vaccination uptake – in the case of COVID-19 this should include giving patients the choice of the product they will be inoculated with.
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