An Orthodox Christian woman has won the right to refuse a vaccine developed using aborted babies’ tissue, based on her religious beliefs.
The vaccine is for measles/mumps/rubella and is required by New York City law for all schoolchildren. It was developed from fetal tissue procured from abortions, hence the moral dilemma for practicing Christians.
The woman, who remains anonymous, said her Christian beliefs against abortion compel her to have nothing to do with vaccines made using aborted fetal tissue.
“Abortion is clearly a mortal sin and is [an] abhorrent act to any Christian,” the New York mom said in her petition for exemption, according to the New York Post. “The vaccine manufacturers’ use of aborted fetal cells in its products and research means that I cannot associate with them or support them financially (by buying their products), for such support would make me complicit to their sin.”
New York State Department of Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia concluded in the woman’s favor, explaining, “The weight of the evidence supports petitioner’s contentions that her opposition to the MMR vaccine stems from sincerely held religious beliefs.”…