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MERCK: VOTE AGAINST RESOLUTION TO STOP THE USE OF ABORTED FETAL TISSUE IN VACCINES
Children of God for Life ^ | March 25, 2003 | Debi Vinnedge

Posted on 03/25/2003 9:36:50 PM PST by cpforlife.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 25, 2003
Contact:
Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director
Children of God for Life (727) 538-5558
Email: debi@cogforlife.org
http://www.cogforlife.org

MERCK REQUESTS SHAREHOLDERS VOTE AGAINST RESOLUTION TO STOP THE USE OF ABORTED FETAL TISSUE IN VACCINES

(Clearwater, FL; Front Royal, VA) Pro-life organizations, Children of God for Life and Human Life International charged today that pharmaceutical giant, Merck & Co. has betrayed their stockholders by refusing to include language in Shareholder Proposal No. 7. that would have revealed:

- An organized boycott of all Merck products
- A resolution by the Catholic Medical Association to use alternatives to their vaccines cultivated on aborted fetal tissue
and
- Instruction by investment counseling organization, Pro Vita Advisors, that investors divest their Merck stock.

By using aborted fetal cell lines in vaccine production, Human Life International, President Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, who purchased sufficient shares of Merck stock demanded fellow shareholders be informed that Merck has violated its own Statement on Values, which states in part, "We are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity".

In a 5-page letter to the SEC, Merck pleaded their case to keep the entire resolution from becoming public, stating that the use of aborted fetal cell lines falls under ordinary business and therefore should be excluded from the proxy vote. In addition, Merck refused to acknowledge that they were profiting from the destruction of human life, stating there was no financial evidence to prove it. Merck’s net income for 2002 was $7,149.5 million, with $34.6 million in viral vaccine sales.

While the SEC agreed to allow the information to be included in this years annual meeting, Merck’s attorneys were able to successfully remove most of the critical language.

What they have done is deny their stockholders the right to vote on the true language of the resolution, stated Children of God for Life’s Executive Director Debi Vinnedge, who has organized the boycott and the Campaign for Ethical Vaccines with over 475,000 signatures.

Rev Euteneuer agreed. Watch for your proxy cards in the mail and if their practice of using aborted fetal cell lines offends you, vote in favor of Resolution 7., to appoint a special committee linking executive compensation with the Company’s ethical performance.

"What went in and what came out of that resolution are quite different", said Vinnedge. "While we are pleased that the SEC agreed to provide stockholders with the information that aborted fetal cell lines are used in Merck's vaccines, we also believe they should be aware of boycotts, investment warnings and the resolution by the Catholic Medical Association to use alternatives. In effect, such actions by several organizations and parents to boycott all Merck products and use alternatives may eventually decrease their sales numbers and devalue the stock".

To review the Merck Proxy statement being mailed to shareholders for consideration at the upcoming meeting, go to: http://www.merck.com/finance/proxy/pr2003/proposal_4.html

To review the unabridged version of this press release with the original language of the Resolution as submitted by Human Life International go to: http://www.cogforlife.org/merckpress.htm

God bless always, Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director Children of God for Life http://www.cogforlife.org


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; babiesinvaccines; bigbusiness; bigpharma; cloning; cogforlife; debivinnedge; debralvinnedge; drugindustry; drugs; fetaltissue; formerlurker; immunization; immunizations; merck; newjersey; nj; pharm; pharmaceutical; rahway; vaccine
Merck, another company that practices cannibalism. BOYCOT MERCK!!! If you have Merck stock please read and vote for life! If it fails dump Merck stock and BOYCOT MERCK!!!
1 posted on 03/25/2003 9:36:50 PM PST by cpforlife.org
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To: cpforlife.org
I was under the impression that smallpox vaccine is cowpox virus, grown in cows. When did they start using fetuses? Before or after smallpox vaccination was no longer routine?

Could this be because of pressure to stop using animals?

2 posted on 03/25/2003 9:42:33 PM PST by Salman
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To: cpforlife.org
I asked my baby's doc about this at her last visit. He was quite shocked to hear this was done. He said he'd look into it, and even asked a resident before I left about it, who also didn't know. I'll be sure to send him this. Thanks for posting it.
3 posted on 03/25/2003 9:45:50 PM PST by cgk (the Mrs half)
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To: Coleus; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...
BIG PING

Merck uses aborted fetal tissue in their vaccines.

Then today: MERCK REQUESTS SHAREHOLDERS VOTE AGAINST RESOLUTION TO STOP THE USE OF ABORTED FETAL TISSUE IN VACCINES.

Please read and forward!!! WE CAN STOP THIS!!!

FREEP MERCK AND BOYCOT MERCK!!!

4 posted on 03/25/2003 9:48:37 PM PST by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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To: cpforlife.org
Ray Gilmartin, this one is on you, forever.
5 posted on 03/25/2003 9:50:50 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Because there are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Antoninus; Black Agnes; Clemenza; FatherFig1o155; hobbes1; Mike Fieschko; ConservativeNJdad; ...
ping
6 posted on 03/25/2003 9:53:41 PM PST by Coleus (RU-486 Kills Babies)
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To: Salman
Please visit Children of God for Life for solid answers to that question and related.

I believe they are the Pro-Life authority on tracking companies that use ABORTED FETAL TISSUE IN VACCINES.

I personally met with Debi Vinnedge last year at a Pro-Life conference. She is a great pro-lifer and tackles this area with absolute dedication.

7 posted on 03/25/2003 9:57:57 PM PST by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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To: cpforlife.org
MERCK, a New Jersey Company.
8 posted on 03/25/2003 10:00:33 PM PST by Coleus (RU-486 Kills Babies)
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To: Carry_Okie
Right on Carry. Please forward far and wide. We have to stop these demons!
9 posted on 03/25/2003 10:01:01 PM PST by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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To: cpforlife.org
VACCINES FROM ABORTION THE HIDDEN TRUTH

From:

Children of God for Life http://www.cogforlife.org 2130 Catalina Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33764 (727) 538-5558

THE DARK HISTORY

For over thirty years pharmaceutical companies in this country have been producing vaccines derived from tissues of aborted fetuses, a fact that was brought to light when several prominent Catholic newspapers published articles on the morality of using the vaccines. The trouble began when a new law in St. Louis County, Mo. required food handlers to obtain the Hepatitis-A vaccine for employment. When the source of the vaccine was revealed, many principled individuals objected and with good reason. And as this information has continued to become more and more public, a large number of physicians and parents are highly troubled by the ethical issues involved.

During the Rubella epidemic of 1964, some doctors advised exposed pregnant women to abort their children. The resulting virus strain developed was known in the science world as RA/27/3, where R=Rubella, A=Abortus, 27=27th fetus tested, 3=third tissue explant. There were actually 26 abortions prior to finding the right “species” with the active virus. The vaccine was then cultivated on the lung tissue of yet another aborted infant, WI-38. WI-38 (Wistar Institute 38) was taken from the lung tissue of an aborted female infant at 3 months gestation in the 1960s. A second human cell line, MRC-5 was derived from a male at 14 weeks gestation in the 1970s. They were used to cultivate the weakened virus strains of several diseases to produce immunizations. These two human cell lines cultivated in the lab continue to provide an ongoing source for many widely used vaccines.

NO OTHER SOURCE

Three of the vaccines were produced solely from abortion and to date, there is no other source available to treat their diseases. The vaccines are:

CHICKEN POX HEPATITIS - A RUBELLA

Following is the information on each vaccine, its clinical name and the pharmaceutical company producing them.

CHICKENPOX: VARIVAX/VARICELLA Uses both MRC-5 and WI-38 human cell lines and is produced by Merck & Co.

HEPATITIS-A: “HAVRIX”, “VAQTA” Uses MRC-5 human cell lines and is produced by SmithKline Beecham and Merck & Co.

HEPATITIS A-B: “TWINRIX” New combo vaccine uses MRC-5 human cell lines and is produced by SmithKline Beecham (NOTE: Hepatitis-B alone is NOT “tainted.”)

RUBELLA: MERUVAX, MMR Uses WI-38 human cell lines and is produced by Merck & Co. NOTE: MMR PROVIDES SIMULTANEOUS VACCINATION FOR MEASLES-MUMPS-RUBELLA. ANY VACCINE WHICH COMBINES WITH RUBELLA, IE, RUBELLA-MUMPS, (BIAVAX) RUBELLA-MEASLES (MR-VAX) USES THE SAME ABORTED FETAL CELLS. MERUVAX IMMUNIZES FOR RUBELLA ONLY.

OTHER “TAINTED” VACCINES

There are some vaccines that have been manufactured from these same aborted fetal cell lines, (MRC-5 and WI-38), however there are also alternative sources used in their production that do not come from abortion. Following is the information on each vaccine, its clinical name, the alternative “untainted” source and the pharmaceuticals producing them.

“TAINTED” VACCINES (continued) MUMPS MEASLES POLIO RABIES

MUMPS MUMPSVAX (UNTAINTED) Merck & Co.: Uses the cell cultures of a chicken embryo. 1-800 422-9675

MEASLES ATTENUVAX (UNTAINTED) Merck & Co: Uses the cell cultures of a chicken embryo. 1-800 422-9675

POLIO POLIOVAX (TAINTED) Aventis-Pasteur: Uses MRC-5 human cell line. IPOL (UNTAINTED) Aventis-Pasteur: Uses monkey kidney cells. 1-800-822-2463 ORIMUNE (Oral Dosage - Untainted) Aventis-Pasteur: Uses monkey kidney cells. 1-800-822-2463 RABIES IMOVAX (TAINTED) Aventis-Pasteur/Connaught: Uses MRC-5 human cell line. RabAvert (UNTAINTED) Chiron Inc.: Uses chick embryo. 1-800 244-7668 (Pacific Time)

Your doctor can order these untainted versions in single doses by calling the 800 numbers above.

NOTE: As new vaccines are being developed Children of God for Life will monitor their production. If the vaccine you are questioning is not listed here, as of the release date listed below, it is not derived from aborted fetal tissue. As the new smallpox vaccines become available, we will update you with the name of both the tainted and untainted versions, which will be produced by both Acambis and Acambis-Baxter. (Information Release Date: January 2002)

Moral Problems

Many ethicists have tried to justify the use of vaccines derived from aborted fetal tissue when there are no alternatives available. They make a legitimate argument that we have a moral obligation to protect our children and society from life threatening diseases.

Those opposed to abortion, find the use of these vaccines morally objectionable. The aborted child has already had his/ her human dignity severely violated. The callous practice of using these babies' tissue amounts to further violation of the dignity of the unborn person. Some think using such vaccines constitutes complicity in the evil of abortion; others argue that it is morally permissible in the absence of alternatives. Still others argue, “Well, the abortions were performed over 30 years ago, so what's the big deal?"

In our culture, unfortunately it is a big deal, because researchers are still exploiting aborted fetuses and are lobbying to create embryos strictly for the purposes of research. They use the existence of vaccines from aborted fetuses to justify their proposals. At the Senate subcommittee hearings held April 26, 2000 on Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Senator Harry Reid compared the use of future products taken from destroyed human embryos to the benefits of the Polio vaccine. The University of Nebraska used the same argument in defending its' experiments on fetal tissue “donated” from abortion facilities. But perhaps most disturbing was President Bush's use of these vaccines to justify his decision on funding embryonic stem cell research in August 2001. He compared the use of these destroyed human embryos to the development of the chickenpox vaccine.

If we accept the status quo now, what argument against further research and products in the future could be legitimately argued? It is certain that scientists and pharmaceutical companies will pursue an avenue of research they perceive to be perfectly acceptable to the public. We have a moral responsibility to promote, request and use those vaccines that do offer alternatives

And remember the Rubella epidemic mentioned on the previous page? Scientists did not have to use aborted fetuses in order to isolate the Rubella virus for creating a vaccine. They could have done exactly what the Japanese did: they swabbed the throat of an infected child and grew the virus on non-fetal cell lines, producing a vaccine that unfortunately, is not currently available in the United States. There is no doubt that American scientists wanted to use fetal tissue and this simply gave them the opportunity and excuse to do so. The same holds true for those who are pursuing embryonic stem cell research: there are alternatives and they should be utilized.

Summary

Unless all our actions show respect for human life, we will be less able to oppose the actions of those who discount the inviolable dignity of embryonic and fetal life. The most important fact is that vaccines can and must be made from sources other than tissues from aborted fetuses. We proved it with our smallpox campaign in November 2001 by demanding an untainted alternative - and we got it! Had we remained silent, millions of Americans would be forced to use a life and death vaccine, grown on the MRC-5 aborted fetal cell lines. Perhaps then, the real complicity lies not in whether we choose to use these vaccines, but rather that we do nothing about them.

The Campaign for Ethical Vaccines

Is Now On-Line!

Sign our petition as we demand that our pharmaceutical manufacturers produce safe, effective vaccine alternatives that are not derived from aborted fetal tissue. For more information, visit our website:

http://www.cogforlife.org Children of God for Life

Or write to us at: Children of God for Life 2130 Catalina Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33764 (727) 538-5558

Produced by Children of God for Life With Grateful Acknowledgement For The Assistance of Dr. Janet Smith, PhD, University of Dallas

- Copying Permissible -

10 posted on 03/25/2003 10:19:39 PM PST by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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To: cpforlife.org
Thank you for the heads-up on this.

Truly sickening. May God have mercy on our nation and help us stop this evil.
11 posted on 03/25/2003 10:26:24 PM PST by djreece
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To: kayak; azGOPgal; Khepera; homeschool mama; SpookBrat; rintense
Pings
12 posted on 03/25/2003 10:37:20 PM PST by Brad’s Gramma
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To: djreece
Bump for later reading (my heart just can't take it right now).
13 posted on 03/25/2003 10:39:42 PM PST by WarSlut
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To: JMJ333; SlickWillard
bump
14 posted on 03/25/2003 10:53:29 PM PST by SlickWillard
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To: cpforlife.org
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke 1770
15 posted on 03/25/2003 11:00:45 PM PST by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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To: MHGinTN
Awaiting your thoughts, sir.
16 posted on 03/25/2003 11:03:17 PM PST by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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To: Coleus
Dear God ping.
17 posted on 03/25/2003 11:03:31 PM PST by fatima (Prayers for all our troops and loved ones.)
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To: cpforlife.org
Bumped and bookmarked ... thanks for the concise data. My regards to Dr. Smith.
18 posted on 03/25/2003 11:05:35 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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To: cpforlife.org
It is disgusting to use babies for research. Someone who knows that there is a God would wonder how He views this.

However I do not understand the reasoning of scientists to use human tissue to grow cultures. It is pretty obvious that it is the perfect human pathogen vector. At least in animals there is no direct species link for all the diseases that we do not understand. Do scientific researchers claim to know all about disease to the point even the most basic of precautions are no longer taken?

Pride goes before a fall, and until they can cure viral diseases, using human tissue to grow cultures is foolish from a purely scientific standpoint to say nothing about the moral implications.
19 posted on 03/25/2003 11:58:35 PM PST by American in Israel (Right beats wrong)
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To: cpforlife.org
"BOYCOT MERCK!!!"


Er,....gee, sure you don't mean:
"Boycott spelling"?
21 posted on 03/26/2003 5:12:28 AM PST by APBaer
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To: cpforlife.org
All you need is one cell to grow a line. Why should abortion be required to get it, even if it is desired to have it from a fetus? Why couldn't it be picked up out of the amniotic sac fluid, or as a by product of the new technique of fetal surgery?
22 posted on 03/26/2003 5:16:44 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: jodenkoekje
How About Pro Choice ? Someone exercising their Judgement over a living being that has no voice with which to choose?
23 posted on 03/26/2003 5:47:45 AM PST by hobbes1 ( Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
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To: jodenkoekje
Yeah, I do love the English language. And Peacekeeper missiles DID keep the peace.

As for your claim that prolifers oppose "sav[ing] the life of an ectopic mother" (I assume you mean a mother with an ectopic pregnancy), please post your sources.

24 posted on 03/26/2003 6:47:25 AM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: cpforlife.org
I'm glad to hear tabs are being kept on which drugs are derived from work on human fetuses.

Freedom of choice (in drugs) should be encouraged.

25 posted on 03/26/2003 7:31:08 AM PST by syriacus (Cultural Diversity..... Iraqis using WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST...as human shields.)
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To: cpforlife.org
Bookmarked.
26 posted on 03/26/2003 7:32:03 AM PST by syriacus (Cultural Diversity..... Iraqis using WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST...as human shields.)
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To: cpforlife.org; All
Thank you for posting this and please bump me on any related posts. It took over an hour to check all of the vaccines that one of my children needed at his last visit to make sure that none were made with the wreckage of abortion. For many vaccinations (influenza, chicken pox), there are no alternatives currently available to those made with aborted fetuses.

Please let me know if anyone would like to do a pro-life Freep at Merck's headquarters or wherever the shareholder meeting is being held before the vote. I will try to fly out from Wisconsin to be there.

27 posted on 03/26/2003 8:01:53 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Cells can also be taken from early stage embryos without harming the embryo. This is routinely done in preimplantation genetic diagnosis.
28 posted on 03/26/2003 8:30:41 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: cyborg
Info ping.
29 posted on 03/26/2003 9:02:04 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: APBaer
No. I mean. "BOYCOTT MERCK, and correct spelling."

Haven’ you heard abou he raioning of “T” since he war!!!! Ooops, I jus used my daily quoa!!

30 posted on 03/26/2003 9:50:21 AM PST by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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To: Black Agnes
DISGUSTING. This is a scene out of Matrix!
31 posted on 03/26/2003 4:22:29 PM PST by cyborg
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To: cpforlife.org; American in Israel; HiTech RedNeck; Ronaldus Magnus; cyborg; GovernmentShrinker
First, I don't like the source of these cell lines and support using other cell lines. For one thing, any legitimization of even one elective abortion is wrong. For another, I think it would be healthier to use non-human cell lines and that it's dangerous to use 30 year old, homogeonous lines. An infection in these lines would be a catastrophe for the nation's ability to produce vaccines since there is no push to find alternate sources. In other words, the status quo is that these lines are cheap compared to the animal alternatives, legal and available, so why change or do research?

But.....

The lines are old - from single, named abortions from the 60's and 70's. (New tissue samples aren't used from new abortions. But, that doesn't mean some researchers aren't trying to find their new line from new specimens from today's abortions.

Influenza vaccine isn't produced in human cell lines. It's produced in chicken embryos (fertilized chicken eggs.)
http://www.influenzaconnection.com/manufacturing.html
Go to "Fluzone Influenza Virus Vaccine product insert."

There is a fine point of difference between these cell lines and embryonic stem cell research (very fine line). None of these children were created and killed or even killed for the purpose of creating the vaccines. In embryonic stem cell cloning or somatic cell nuclear transfer cloning of embryos the child is created for the express purpose of killing him or her in order to harvest the crop of cells.

32 posted on 03/26/2003 8:26:28 PM PST by hocndoc (Choice is the # 1 killer in the US.)
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To: cpforlife.org
The news spreads!

Merck Attempts to Hide Investment Facts, Says Group
U.S. Newswire
27 Mar 17:38
Merck Attempts to Hide Important Investment Facts From Shareholder
Proxy Vote, Says Children of God for Life
To: National Desk
Contact: Debi Vinnedge of Children of God for Life
727-538-5558 or debi@cogforlife.org

WASHINGTON, March 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- "It is clear from their
actions, that Merck does not want their stockholders to know the
truth about how they conduct their business," said Fr. Thomas
Euteneuer, president of Human Life International (HLI), a Merck &
Co. stockholder. "If this is 'ordinary business' as Merck claims,
then they wouldn't have petitioned the Securities and Exchange
Commission for permission to remove the indicting language from our
stockholder proposal."

Working with Children of God for Life and Pro Vita Advisors, HLI
drafted Stockholder Proposal No. 7 which made clear -- despite
claims of employing, "the highest standards of ethics and
integrity," in its business practices -- that Merck & Co. continues
to use aborted fetal cell lines in the creation of certain
vaccines. The original resolution sought to educate investors to
potential business and financial repercussions related to the
continued use of these cell lines. Merck sought to hide from
investors that:

-- Merck faces an organized boycott of all Merck products
because aborted fetal cell lines are used in vaccines;

-- The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) passed a resolution to
use alternatives to Merck's and other drug companies vaccines that
are cultivated from aborted fetal cell lines;

-- Pro Vita Advisors, an investment counseling organization,
advises investors to divest their Merck stock because of its
continued use of aborted fetal cell lines

In a five-page letter, Merck originally pleaded with the SEC to
keep the entire resolution off the company's proxy vote, but failed
at that effort. Merck did succeed, however, in convincing the SEC
to remove the language that would have informed voters of these
potential risks. Merck has refused to acknowledge that they profit
from the destruction of human life despite the fact that $34.6
million of their $7.2 billion net income for 2002 was from viral
vaccine sales.

Debi Vinnedge, executive director of Children of God for Life,
stated, "We believe stockholders have a right to know these types
of details about a company in which they are investing. If that
company is subject to boycotts, investment warnings and resolutions
like the one from the CMA, it could suffer a severe loss in sales
and devaluation in stock."

Merck Proxy:
http://www.merck.com/finance/proxy/pr2003/proposal_4.html

To read more on the aborted fetal tissue vaccines visit:
http://www.cogforlife.org

http://www.usnewswire.com
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/U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/
03/27 17:38

Copyright 2003, U.S. Newswire
33 posted on 03/28/2003 9:04:29 AM PST by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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To: cpforlife.org
AND SPREADS SOME MORE!!

Merck & Co. Criticized for Using Aborted Fetal Tissue in Vaccines


3/28/03


Clearwater, FL — Pro-life organizations, Children of God for Life and Human Life International charged today that pharmaceutical giant, Merck & Co. has betrayed their stockholders by refusing to include language in Shareholder Proposal No. 7. that would have revealed:



• An organized boycott of all Merck products
• A resolution by the Catholic Medical Association to use alternatives to their vaccines cultivated on aborted fetal tissue and
• Instruction by investment counseling organization, Pro Vita Advisors, that investors divest their Merck stock.
By using aborted fetal cell lines in vaccine production, Human Life International, President Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, who purchased sufficient shares of Merck stock demanded fellow shareholders be informed that Merck has violated its own Statement on Values, which states in part, "We are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity".

In a 5-page letter to the SEC, Merck pleaded their case to keep the entire resolution from becoming public, stating that the use of aborted fetal cell lines falls under ordinary business and therefore should be excluded from the proxy vote. In addition, Merck refused to acknowledge that they were profiting from the destruction of human life, stating there was no financial evidence to prove it. Merck's net income for 2002 was $7,149.5 million, with $34.6 million in viral vaccine sales.

While the SEC agreed to allow the information to be included in this year’s annual meeting, Merck's attorneys were able to successfully remove most of the critical language.

What they have done is deny their stockholders the right to vote on the true language of the resolution, stated Children of God for Life's Executive Director Debi Vinnedge, who has organized the boycott and the Campaign for Ethical Vaccines with over 475,000 signatures.

Rev Euteneuer agreed. Watch for your proxy cards in the mail and if their practice of using aborted fetal cell lines offends you, vote in favor of Resolution 7, to appoint a special committee linking executive compensation with the Company's ethical performance.

"What went in and what came out of that resolution are quite different", said Vinnedge. "While we are pleased that the SEC agreed to provide stockholders with the information that aborted fetal cell lines are used in Merck's vaccines, we also believe they should be aware of boycotts, investment warnings and the resolution by the Catholic Medical Association to use alternatives. In effect, such actions by several organizations and parents to boycott all Merck products and use alternatives may eventually decrease their sales numbers and devalue the stock".

To review the Merck Proxy statement being mailed to shareholders for consideration at the upcoming meeting, go to: Stockholder Proposal Concerning Ethical and Social Performance of the Company


(This article courtesy of Steven Ertelt and the Pro-Life Infonet email newsletter. For more information or to subscribe go to www.prolifeinfo.org or email infonet@prolifeinfo.org.)
34 posted on 03/28/2003 9:08:29 AM PST by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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To: cpforlife.org
And this from http://www.all.org

vaccines



MERCK: In accord with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Policy on Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines (http://www.usccb.org/finance/srig.htm), Children of God for Life has requested all Catholic bishops' support a Merck resolution filed and approved by the SEC. The resolution notifies shareholders and brings to vote the issue of using "cell-cultures from aborted humans" in their vaccines. In proxy cards mailed to shareholders this week, Merck recommends a vote against this resolution.

(Reading: "Stockholder proposal concerning ethical and social performance of the company," Merck proxy statement, http://www.merck.com/finance/proxy/pr2003/proposal_4.html; "SEC forces Merck to reveal use of aborted fetal cell lines in vaccines," Children of God for Life/Human Life International news release, 3/27/03, http://www.cogforlife.org/merckpress.htm)



TAINTED VACCINES: To obtain information on vaccines and the types that are manufactured using the cells from aborted children -- and what to do about it -- please see the Children of God for Life web site: http://www.cogforlife.org.



VACCINE SAFETY: To learn about risk factors and other questions relating to the safety of vaccines, please see the National Vaccine Information Center web site: http://www.909shot.com/.

35 posted on 03/28/2003 9:14:57 AM PST by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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