Alaska will soon begin distributing nearly 9,000 doses of a newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine which have raised serious ethical concerns for Catholics and other pro-life groups around the nation.

Both the Diocese of Fairbanks and the Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau published a statement released last week by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops which addresses ethical concerns over the new vaccine.

It notes that both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines raise concerns because abortion-derived cell lines were “used in testing them, but not in their production.”

“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, however, was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines raising additional moral concerns,” the letter observes.

A report from LifeSiteNews points out that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a human fetal cell line called PER.C6, which was derived from eye tissue taken from an 18-week-old preborn baby boy. He was aborted in the Netherlands in 1985. The scientist who developed this cell line, Dr. Alex van der Eb, told the U.S. FDA in 2001 that the preborn baby was “a healthy fetus as far as could be seen, of 18 weeks old. There was nothing special with a family history or the pregnancy was completely normal up to the 18 weeks, and it turned out to be a socially indicated abortus – abortus provocatus, and that was simply because the woman wanted to get rid of the fetus.”

The letter from the U.S. Bishops, explains that when ethically irreproachable COVID vaccines are not available, it is “morally acceptable” to receive vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted babies in their research and production.

“However, if one can choose among equally safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen,” the bishops state. “Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s.”

The letter concludes by calling on believers to “insist that pharmaceutical companies stop using abortion-derived cell lines” in the development of vaccines.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, has created a chart of all COVID vaccines, detailing those that use aborted cell lines and those that don’t.

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Alaska to get 8,900 doses of abortion tainted Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Michael S Totten says:

    Go ahead sheeple,, line up and get your death shot so the rest of us can live in peace

  • Carrie Harris says:

    That should be the last worry. The Covid vacine uses squalene as an adjuvant. The Aborted cell line is already dead. This may be a slow killer. B

    it took 20 pluse years to prove gulf war syndrome, this experimental vacine is tested less than 6 months, is it’s long term known safe?
    Antibodies to squalene the adjuvant used in some of the experiment anthrax vacines were detected in the blood of most patients affected by this gulf war syndrome. The FDA has confirmed and denied that it was in the Anthrax vacines, it has some serious long term side effects.

  • R says:

    Anyone Who Tells You Vaccines Are Safe and Effective is Lying Paperback – March 27, 2019
    by Dr Vernon Coleman (Author)
    “The facts about vaccination – so that you can make up your own mind. Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA has been researching and writing about vaccines for 50 years. He has lectured doctors and nurses on the subject. He used to debate vaccination on TV and radio but won every public debate and these days vaccine supporters will no longer debate with him.”

  • Michael C Coons says:

    The more this is out the more I don’t trust the “information”. Dr Zink has stated time and again, no aborted aspects.
    For those with the above comments against us that choose to and will choose to take a vaccine, that is our decision and yiour comments against the smarts of your fellow Alaskans does no good and only widens the divide we have in this State and nation, not just this one issue.
    My wife and I took both vaccines, we read up looked at issue and facts. I will not attack those that choose not to take, but if you attack me, watch out, I will not pull any punches.

  • Michael C Coons says:

    BTW, President Trump was and is the most Pro-life President. So, does anyone really believe that if he knew that these vaccines, any of them involved what is being alleged?

  • JOHN C FLEMING says:

    I guess I’m pro choice now. I choose not to get the vaccine.

  • NorthernMegaWood says:

    Does anyone really think President Trump actually knows what’s in those vaccines? Look what they’ve done to him for the last 4 years. Who made those vaccines anyway? Oh yeah we’ve heard their names, that don’t mean we know what they put in them and that I’m going to trust them. PLANDEMIC!

  • Joseph says:

    No stab No jab, No test is best, You decide why they cried just say no to Genocide!

  • Michael C Coons says:
    See above link. I am not Catholic. I understand a lot of Catholics are not happy with this Pope. Thus, take this for what it is as to the Pope and his statement.
    I got this from the Vaccine ECHO and what was said and in this link is yes, the cell lines come from aborted fetus’ from decades ago. The cells are grown from the original cells and used to test how the cells will act with a vaccine. The vaccine does not contain the cells, again, the cells were used in development of the vaccine.
    So, I leave it up to you the reader to decide as to Johnson and Johnson. The Pfizer and Modera were not tested using the cell lines.

  • Alberto Brandolini says:


    This is a misrepresentation of facts. The vaccine formula does not contain aborted fetal tissue. Rather, virologists created J&J’s vaccine — and many other immunizations to fight viral outbreaks — in part by growing a modified virus in cells originally derived from embryonic tissue from an abortion performed decades ago. However, that human cell line is physically and chemically separate from ingredients that end up in the final vaccine product.

    “There are no fetal cells used in any vaccine production process,” Dr. Michael Head, of the University of Southampton, told BBC.


    Amazing that Alaska watchmen doesn’t fact check their misinformation before posting.

    Great job

    • J Scott says:

      It is built upon an ‘aborted’ (murdered) unborn human-being whose body was marketed for capital research. The ethical use of Mengele’s product research is nothing different with his ‘post natal’ human-being ‘abortions’.

  • NorthernMegaWood says:

    You may want to watch this before you take that vaccine.

  • S says:

    Why can’t it be seen that the aborted fetus cell line has been used to help save lives instead of just being thrown in the trash bin? There is not fetus tissue in the vaccines. Cell lines are fed and grown and transferred into vials, repeat, repeat. All kinds of benefits are gained from these types of cell lines. Come out of the dark ages.

    • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

      Kind of like being a little bit pregnant. Why these people continue to use aborted baby cells confounds me when adult stem cells, voluntarily given, can do the same things. Cells grown from other cells are essentially clones, and I don’t want any clone bits used for testing or in my body.