PART 1: The History

Recently, LifeCanada held a webinar with medical researcher Debi Vinnedge, who is the founder of Children of God for Life. In the webinar, Mrs. Vinnedge made it abundantly clear that cells from aborted babies are used in vaccines, and that the complicity of people who use these vaccines without seeking alternatives, or making their concerns known to health authorities is considerable.

Let’s begin with the history. It is the rubella vaccine, not measles, that initially used stem cells from aborted babies. Unfortunately, the rubella vaccine is lumped together with measles and mumps in the commonly known MMR vaccine.

According to Mrs. Vinnedge, beginning in 1964, doctors in Philadelphia began advising women who contracted rubella to abort their babies. The fear was that Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS) would affect the unborn child. 

However, these women knew that their aborted babies were being sent immediately to the science labs of Dr. Stanley Plotkin who used them to isolate the virus that was called RA273.  

Translated, R=Rubella, A=Abortion, 27=27th aborted baby, 3=3rd tissue that contained the live rubella virus.

In all, “there were at least 67 babies electively aborted just to obtain the virus for the rubella vaccine,”  says Mrs. Vinnedge.

But that was not the only cell line developed. Dr. Leonard Hayflick used aborted babies that were shipped from Sweden to his labs at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia in the development of the WI-38. WI-38 translates as Wistar Institute, specimen number 38.

Then there were the cell lines developed for the polio vaccine.

In her article, Forsaking God for the Sake of Science, Mrs. Vinnedge uses her impeccable research to expose the forced sterilizations and abortions which acclaimed polio scientists were involved in for their research. 

These took place in the early 1900’s under the Eugenic Sterilization Act.

She quotes the research paper where Drs. Thicke, Duncan, Wood and Rhodes graphically describe their work: “Human embryos of two and one-half to five months gestation were obtained from the gynaecological department of the Toronto General Hospital.*

One of the main myths in circulation about this issue claims that just “two abortions were performed in the 1960s from which the cells lines were developed” Mrs. Vinnedge writes that 

“this is probably one of the biggest falsehoods that has been propagated on an unsuspecting American public for decades!”

She lists the names of cell lines from hundreds of abortions that are used in vaccines and medicines such as MRC-5, WI-26 and WI-44, IMR-90, IMR-91, HEK-293, and in 2015, WALVAX 2, which used a baby chosen from 9 abortions in China. A more complete list can be found on her web-site at

Mrs. Vinnedge calls this research, “deplorable, despicable and completely unnecessary because in all research documents from 1936 -1964, from polio to rubella, scientists noted there were several other moral sources that could be used as well.”

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*Joan C. Thicke, Darline Duncan, William Wood, A. E. Franklin and A. J. Rhodes; Cultivation of Poliomyelitis Virus in Tissue Culture; Growth of the Lansing Strain in Human Embryonic Tissue, Canadian Journal of Medical Science, Vol. 30, pg 231-245

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