Since healthy societies are inclined to share love and life, it would only stand to reason that the easiest way to change their culture is to simply lie about your intentions. UNICEF has been accused of doing that in the past, and may have another lie in the making:
The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops is demanding answers about a national tetanus vaccine campaign that they say is suspiciously like campaigns run in other countries where a birth control agent was covertly mixed in.
Run by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, the Kenya campaign exclusively targets Kenyan women of childbearing age (14-49), and excludes boys and men and younger girls who are also at risk from tetanus infection.The bishops’ statement notes that in the Philippines, Nicaragua, and Mexico, the tetanus vaccine was “laced with Beta human chorionic gonadotropin (b-HCG) sub unit … to vaccinate women against future pregnancy.”
When injected as a vaccine to a non-pregnant woman, this Beta HCG sub unit combined with tetanus toxoid develops antibodies against tetanus and HCG so that if a woman's egg becomes fertilized, her own natural HCG will be destroyed rendering her permanently infertile, the bishops explain. In this situation tetanus vaccination has been used as a birth control method.
How very wicked. Imagine the distress in the years following the vaccinations in each of these places, when young married women fail to have children. The bishops have several concerns:
- Is there a tetanus crisis on women of child bearing age in Kenya? If this is so, why has it not been declared?
- Why does the campaign target women of 14 – 49 years?
- Why has the campaign left out young girls, boys and men even if they are all prone to tetanus?
- In the midst of so many life threatening diseases in Kenya, why has tetanus been prioritized?
The Kenyan bishops also question why the campaign has had limited public input, unlike other national health initiatives where the public can ask questions, and no consultation with the Catholic Church at all, despite the Church being heavily involved in the provision of medical services.
God bless these vigilant shepherds, and may they spare their flock from this gross indignity.