Letter to the Editor: Religious Exemption

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In the United States, there are a number of people who are rejecting the COVID-19 vaccines based on their belief that the vaccines contain material from abortions. This is a false belief. None of the COVID-19 vaccines actually contain aborted fetal tissues (or any other vaccine for that matter).
A virus needs cells to reproduce. This could be animal or human cells. A few vaccines (not all) are derived from viruses that have been cultured using fetal cells. Fetal cells have only been used in the manufacturing process, never as an actual ingredient. You are welcome to research this on your own, you’ll find the same information I did.
Actually, using human cells to test medications is fairly common. The same “fetal cells” that certain vaccines were manufactured with were also used to test many common medications such as acetaminophen, aspirin, Tylenol, Pepto-Bismol, Tums, Motrin, Benadryl, and Claritin, among others. My question is, if you refuse a COVID-19 vaccine based on religious reasons regarding abortion, will you refuse these other common medications as well? Are you sincere in your beliefs or will you somehow justify using these other medications? Remember how Jesus talked about the hypocritical Pharisees.

Margie Maples,
Perryville

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