In the Service of Human Life
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In the Service of Human Life

Moral Culpability in Vaccination

The organization Children of God for Life is an active proponent among people of faith for the vaccination of their children. In 2003, they wrote to then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would become Pope Benedict XVI, and the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith asking for clarification on whether or not Catholics could, in the course of practicing their faith, use the vaccinations for which there were no ethical alternatives. Two years later, the Congregation responded.Read Article

Ethical Vaccines

Vaccines are highly regulated, carefully manufactured, peer and government reviewed, clinically tested formulations intended to prevent the spread of dangerous communicable diseases. They are composed of chemical and organic matter which, in concert, can reasonably prevent a patient from becoming ill or dying from a particular illness. After a vaccine is approved, it is continually monitored and studied to ensure safety.Read Article

Vaccination & Parental Autonomy

Parents of young children are routinely faced with ethical decision making in the course of routine medical care, and the ethics of vaccination are a contentious topic right now. Every major medical organization in the United States recommends the vaccination of children on a set schedule that is regularly reviewed and updated based on ongoing research. There are however many parents who object to vaccinations. The question for every ethically minded parent must be answered in due time: “Should I vaccinate my child?”Read Article