Pro-Life Scientists: Facts You Should Know About FDA-Approved Pfizer Vaccine

  • Pro-Life Scientists: Facts You Should Know About FDA-Approved Pfizer Vaccine

    Abortion-Derived Cell Lines NOT Used for Production, Some Use in Laboratory Tests   Washington, D.C. – Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.  Scientists and researchers at the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) have been studying the Pfizer vaccine from a pro-life perspective since March 2020.   “The […]

  • CLI Statement on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine: Abortion-Derived Cell Lines Used in Production Process

    “For many Americans, the approval of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine raises renewed questions about the use of cells derived from elective abortions. Many leading vaccine candidates supported by Operation Warp Speed, including the approved vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, do not use abortion-derived cell lines in their production. Unlike the majority of those candidates, Johnson & Johnson does use these cell lines in the production process.

  • Cell Lines Used for Viral Vaccine Production

    Vaccines Licensed for Use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)   Current FDA list accessed 4 January 2021   View this chart as a PDF here   Use of Cell Lines for Vaccine Production  🟩 No fetal cells  🔺 fetal cells —  no cell lines – bacteria grow independently Vaccine […]

  • What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines

    Last updated June 2, 2021   Most COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Use Fetal Cells for Production; Several Used Abortion-Derived Cell Lines in Testing; Experts Urge All Vaccine Developers to Use Noncontroversial Alternatives   View short chart View full chart Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) has published a new chart (en español) detailing whether the eight leading […]

  • CLI Analysis: Majority of Operation Warp Speed Vaccines Not Produced Using Abortion-Derived Cells

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2020 Contact: Prudence Robertson,, 240-672-2828   Several Used Abortion-Derived Cell Lines in Testing; Experts Urge All Vaccine Developers to Use Noncontroversial Alternatives Washington, D.C.  – Today Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) published a new chart detailing whether the eight leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates supported by Operation Warp Speed are produced or […]

  • Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines

    To view this chart as a PDF, see: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines   Updated June 2, 2021   Accurate information about the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines is essential, especially because many proposed candidates use newer molecular technologies for production of a viral vaccine. One concern regarding the ethical assessment of […]

  • A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production

    This is Issue 1 in CLI’s On Science. To view this report as a PDF, see: A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production   Updated November 2020   Introduction As a result of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus technically known as SARS-CoV-2, the United States and other governments have begun crash […]

  • An Ethics Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Programs

    Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Chart   This is Issue 46 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 46: An Ethics Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Programs    This page outlines the ethical considerations involved solely in vaccine production, based on information present at the time of publication. Subsequently, publication […]

  • Bibliography

    Abate, Paula, Mariana Pueta, Norman E. Spear, and Juan C. Molina. “Fetal Learning About Ethanol and Later Ethanol Responsiveness: Evidence Against ‘Safe’ Amounts of Prenatal Exposure.” Experimental Biology and Medicine 233, no. 2 (February 1, 2008): 139–54. Abbasi, Soraya, Corrina Oxford, Jeffrey Gerdes, Harish Sehdev, and Jack Ludmir. “Antenatal Corticosteroids Prior to 24 Weeks’ […]

  • David Gortler PharmD, FCCP

    David Gortler PharmD, FCCP is a scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. focusing on FDA oversight and drug safety.  Previously he worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Senior Medical Analyst from 2007-2011, and as senior advisor to the FDA commissioner from 2019-2021. He is assisting the Charlotte […]

  • Fact Sheet: Fetal Survival and Risk of Pregnancy Loss  

    With advancements in science, non-surgical interventions are available to women that can increase pregnancy health.  A mother’s daily consumption of folic acid and immunization are important proactive steps that every mother can take to decrease the risk of disease for herself and her baby.

  • Análisis del Instituto Charlotte Lozier (CLI): La mayoría de las vacunas de la Operation Warp Speed no se producen usando células derivadas de abortos

    Comunicado de prensa INMEDIATO: 3 de diciembre de 2020. Contacto: Prudence Robertson,, 240-672-2828   Varias líneas celulares derivadas del aborto se utilizan en pruebas; los expertos instan a todos los desarrolladores de vacunas a utilizar alternativas no controversiales   Washington, D.C. – Hoy el Instituto Charlotte Lozier (CLI) ha publicado un nuevo gráfico que […]

  • Federal Bioethics Commissions and Bias Against the Unborn

    This is Issue 17 in The American Reports Series. The paper may be viewed as a PDF here: Federal Bioethics Commissions and Bias Against the Unborn   In August, the Trump administration’s new Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board reviewed requests made to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for federally funded fetal tissue […]

  • A Policy and Funding Evaluation Of Human Fetal Tissue Research

    This is Issue 2 in CLI’s On Science. To view this report as a PDF, see: A Policy and Funding Evaluation Of Human Fetal Tissue Research   Background The body parts of preborn babies that die through the act of elective abortion are harvested and sold to desiring scientists for experimentation.  These acts are heinous, […]

  • Muestra de la infección viral y la producción de vacunas

    Como resultado de la rápida propagación del nuevo coronavirus, técnicamente conocido como SARS-CoV-2, los gobiernos de Estados Unidos y de otros paises han pasado por varios intentos fallidos en la producción de una vacuna efectiva contra esta enfermedad que se transmite tan rápidamente.  Ha surgido una selección de candidatos para esta vacuna  y se encuentran en distintas etapas de desarrollo y de prueba.  Al mismo tiempo, se han manifestado otras preguntas acerca de la manera en la cual estas vacunas son producidas; inlcuyendo los procesos sobre los cuales millones de americanos tienen objeciones en material moral.  Hoy en día, la variedad de medios utilizados para producir vacunas es inmensa; en algunos casos son éticament lícitas, mientras que en otros los procedimientos que utilizan son questionables.  Para ayudar a la comprensión de estos modos de producción, ofrecemos una guía básica respecto a la ciencia involucrada.

  • AMA Affirms the Physician’s Role as Healer, Rejects Physician-Assisted Suicide

    “Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.” On June 10 the American Medical Association (AMA) voted 360-190 to affirm Report 2 of The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA 2), a nuanced report that ultimately favors maintaining […]

  • Major Pro-life Victory: HHS Cancels Huge Contract for Taxpayer-Funded Experimentation with Body Parts of Aborted Babies, Announces New Approach

    Washington, D.C. – Following news that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) will not renew a major contract with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to fund research using the body parts of aborted babies, the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) […]

  • Use of Aborted Fetal Tissue: Questions & Answers  

    On May 23, Susan B. Anthony List and Charlotte Lozier Institute hosted a hearing for Capitol Hill staff on the state of fetal issue research. The panel consisted of Drs. David Prentice, Tara Sander Lee, and James Sherley, and was moderated by SBA List’s Autumn Christensen. These are their questions and answers, as provided to […]

  • Written Testimony of Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D., in Support of Ethical Alternatives to Aborted Fetal Tissue Research

    On Thursday, December 13, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules and Government Operations for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on “Exploring Alternatives to Fetal Tissue Research.” The hearing was called as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services re-evaluates funding for research using […]

  • Q&A with the Scholars: Science, Ethics, and Fetal Tissue

    Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D., is a Molecular and Cell Biologist with over 15 years of experience in academic research and healthcare. In this interview, she discusses genetic testing for diagnosis and treatment of children and the ethical and scientific issues surrounding the use of fetal tissue procured from abortion for research.

  • Ana Carolina Caceres

    A Baby is Not a Mosquito

    Ana Carolina Caceres is a journalist in Brazil. In a photograph in a recent story about her, she wears a garland of flowers, a simple necklace and a pleasant if somewhat nonplussed expression on her face. Caceres’ writing is clear and straightforward, as befits the blogger she is, but the story is not about her chosen profession – about what she does – but about who she is. Or rather a condition she has that some think should define her – or even have prevented her coming to birth.

    Ms. Caceres was diagnosed at birth with microcephaly, the condition so much in the news as a result of a spike in cases associated with the spread of the Zika virus across Latin America.

  • Testimony of Dr. James Sherley, M.D., Ph.D. in Support of Missouri Bills regarding Humane Treatment of Aborted Fetal Remains

    On February 23, the Missouri House Children and Families Committee heard five bills on issues stemming from the Center for Medical Progress’s undercover video exposé of Planned Parenthood, including: the sale and final disposition of aborted fetal remains, post-abortion tissue reporting requirements, and employee protections for whistleblowers.

    Among those who testified in support of the bills was Dr. James Sherley, M.D., Ph.D., a physician scientist with expertise in biomedical research, cancer biology, and adult stem cell engineering. Dr. Sherley is founder and director of Asymmetrex, LLC, which develops new technologies for ethical adult stem cell medicine and drug discovery.

  • Dept. of Health and Human Services Defends Planned Parenthood as Videos Continue to Emerge

    Late last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rose to the defense of the embattled Planned Parenthood organization, which is currently caught up in a fetal tissue and organ harvesting scandal following an undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress.

    In a letter addressed to Senators Joni Ernst and Roy Blunt, HHS insisted that they know of no breach of the law in the actions taken by Planned Parenthood in its selling of fetal remains. In the letter, Jim Esquea, the HHS’s assistant secretary for legislation, wrote, “We have confirmed that HHS researchers working with fetal tissue obtained the tissue from non-profit organizations that provided assurances to us that they are in compliance with all applicable legal requirements.”

  • Written Testimony of David A. Prentice, Ph.D. in Support of Wisconsin Bill to Prohibit Sales and Use of Fetal Body Parts from Abortion

    On Tuesday, August 11, 2015, the Wisconsin Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 305, which would prohibit certain sales and uses of fetal body parts “from an unborn child aborted from an induced abortion.”

    Charlotte Lozier Institute Vice President and Research Director, Dr. David A. Prentice, Ph.D submitted the following written testimony in support of AB 305.

  • Stem Cell Research: Predictions, Predilections and Progress

    A recent blog posted on the science/technology website Gizmodo conducts an interesting thought experiment. The author goes back 10 years to the December, 2005, issue of Scientific American. In that issue was the “Scientific American 50” – a list of the 50 leading scientific trends for that year.

    The author wanted to see what has happened, 10 years on, in realizing “the highly-touted breakthroughs of the era that would supposedly change everything.” The author writes that she chose 2005 “because 10 years seemed recent enough for continuity between scientific questions then and now but also long enough ago for actual progress. More importantly, I chose Scientific American because the magazine publishes sober assessments of science, often by scientists themselves.”

  • Written Testimony of David A. Prentice, Ph.D.: Progress on Kansas’ Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center Research

    In this testimony before multiple Kansas state Senate and House committees, Dr. David Prentice briefs legislators on the progress of the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center. There are currently about 53 centers nationwide conducting ethical adult stem cell research for therapies to treat a wide range of diseases and conditions. The Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center at the University of Kansas is unique, comprehensive, and focused on patients first.

  • David Prentice, Ph.D.

    David A. Prentice is Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute.  He is also Adjunct Professor of Molecular Genetics at the John Paul II Institute, The Catholic University of America and was a Founding Advisory Board Member for the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center, a unique comprehensive stem cell center in Kansas […]

  • Reginald Finger, M.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Reginald Finger is Assistant Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Indiana Wesleyan University, teaching biostatistics, epidemiology, bioethics, and supervising student public health practicum assignments and research projects. Dr. Finger is also currently involved in efforts to train faculty in integration of Christian faith into academic disciplines. Dr. Finger has worked as a […]

  • 12th Anniversary of RU-486, a Somber Commemoration

    Last week marked the 12th anniversary of the approval for use in the United States of the abortion drug RU- 486. However, unlike other notable moments in medical history such as the discovery of penicillin in 1928 and the development of the polio vaccine in 1955, RU-486, or mifepristone, calls for a far more sobering memorial. Besides the lives purposely ended as a result of the drug, RU-486 has caused the deaths of more than a dozen women and left thousands of women with complications as a direct consequence of taking the drug.