September 21, 2021 | From ARS Technica
A hospital system in Arkansas is making it a bit more difficult for staff to receive a religious exemption from its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The hospital is now requiring staff to also swear off extremely common medicines…to get the exemption.
The move was prompted when Conway Regional Health System noted an unusual uptick in vaccine exemption requests that cited the use of fetal cell lines in the development and testing of the vaccines.
“This was significantly disproportionate to what we’ve seen with the influenza vaccine,” Matt Troup, president and CEO of Conway Regional Health System, told Becker’s Hospital Review in an interview Wednesday.
“Thus,” Troup went on, “we provided a religious attestation form for those individuals requesting a religious exemption,” he said. The form includes a list of 30 commonly used medicines that “fall into the same category as the COVID-19 vaccine in their use of fetal cell lines,” Conway Regional said.
The list includes Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, aspirin, Tums, Lipitor, Senokot, Motrin, ibuprofen, Maalox, Ex-Lax, Benadryl, Sudafed, albuterol, Preparation H, MMR vaccine, Claritin, Zoloft, Prilosec OTC, and azithromycin…
Employees are asked to attest that they “truthfully…affirm that my sincerely held…belief is consistent and true” and that they…will not use the medications and any others like them…
To understand the implications of fetal cell tissue and vaccines, read this excellent op-ed by Dr. Marissa Brand posted at LifeSite News. Also this article from Patheos is an excellent ethical discussion with a much more expansive list of medicines tested on one particular fetal cell line (from a baby named HEK-293).
Did you realize that using fetal cell lines for developing and testing medicines is so widespread? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and add a prayer for the end of abortion.
(Excerpt from ARS Technica. Article by Beth Mole. Photo Credit: Ksenia Yakovleva/Unsplash).