The Ethics of Abortive Vaccines

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November 1, 2017

(By guest blogger Caleb VanDyke)

Cedarville PharmD student Stephanie Cailor has been studying research from India with some disturbing ethical implications. At the recentĀ LifeTech conference here at Cedarville, she described how a vaccine under development might serve as a form of contraception, with the goal of controlling India’s overpopulation problem.

The vaccine in question would create antibodies to block the action of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). hCG is the chemical messenger released by a human embryo that has just implanted into a mother’s womb, just six days after conception. Without that messenger, a woman’s body is unaware of a pregnancy, so she goes on to have a normal period. Though the research is preliminary, evidence is mounting that this might be safe for women, and effective is preventing pregnancy. What’s wrong with all this? In fact, there are many issues here:

  • Destroying a pregnancy that has already begun is abortion, not contraception.
  • No matter how safe all of this may be for a woman, it is deadly for the unborn life in her womb.
  • Will healthcare professionals explain these details to Indian women? In other words, will they truly be able to give informed consent?
  • If the government’s ultimate goal is population control, the fine ethical details may not make much difference. This would represent a sad victory for pragmatism over principle.

As the research continues and the vaccine undergoes further clinical trials, Christians from a variety of faith perspectives should speak out loudly against this an anti-life agenda.


LifeTech 2017

Talwar GP, Nand KN, Gupta, Current status of a unique vaccine preventing pregnancy. Front Biosci. 2017;9:321-332.

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