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Pro-Life Group Wants to Stop Research on Ebola Vaccines Because It Morally Offends Them

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has reached devastating proportions. Thousands have already died and if something is not done, experts estimate the death toll could reach over a million by January.

Still, one group claims that they want research on the Ebola vaccine stopped, because they find the fact stem cell research may have been involved in the process morally reprehensible.

“It is completely irresponsible of this Administration to put these problem vaccines on fast-track for approval and ignore the fact that a massive number of people may very well refuse them. Why not fast track a product that everyone can use in good conscience?” asked Debi Vinnedge of Children of God for Life.

In other words, despite the fact that people are dying every day in West Africa due to Ebola – the region that will benefit from the vaccine – Vinnedge wants the research stopped because a minority of Americans do not support stem cell research and would object to using it themselves.

She also oddly couches her statement as a pro-life statement, which seems downright hypocritical considering lives are being lost – including those of the unborn – every day in the Ebola-riddled region.

Before Thomas Duncan left for the United States where he ended up becoming symptomatic for Ebola, he caught the disease carrying a young pregnant girl to the clinic in Liberia. Both the girl and the unborn child ultimately died.

A nurse working on the front lines also reported to the Guardian how babies are losing their lives after their mothers and fathers contract the disease.

This morning, I carried a baby to the tent morgue. The baby’s father had died days earlier in the ambulance ride to our ETU. The baby tested positive for malaria. We are still waiting for Ebola tests to come back on the mother and baby. The floppy, listless baby seemed to be turning a corner last night at 10. He smiled and took medicine willingly. His mother, lying near him, was vomiting and too weak to care for him any more. We went back inside a second time at 4am and stayed a while. Baby drank and we tried to get him to learn how to drink from a bottle so he could fend for himself. I came out joyed at baby’s bounceback! At around 5.30am, the mother came out crying. Baby had died.

Still, Vinnedge and her group has called for other pro-lifers to join the fight against the vaccine and request that they stop working on the current, ready-to-go-to-trial vaccine, so “that they expedite the morally acceptable alternatives,” just in case they – instead of those in West Africa dying from the disease right now – ever need to use it.

Photo Credit: John Poole (An Ebola survivor caring for a baby at an Ebola clinic in Monrovia, Liberia)

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