Toronto, ON June 25, 2020 – On May 21, 2020 the executive director of the Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) Christian Elia cosigned a letter which was sent to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, calling for funding for Covid-19 vaccine research that is ethically acceptable to the millions of Canadians who vehemently oppose the use of abortion derived cell lines.

The letter was cited in the Science magazine article “Vaccines that use human fetal cells draw fire” authored by Meredith Wadman.

The Prime Minister’s Office acknowledged receipt of the letter, stating that a response would come only from the Office of the Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu. The League will report on that response when it arrives.

We appeal to any of you not financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, who may wish to accomplish more almsgiving by sending a donation to the CCRL by clicking here or by mailing a cheque to the CCRL at 2305 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M6S 1P1, or by calling the office at (416) 466-8244 or 1-844-722-CCRL.

About the CCRL

Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) ( assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. The CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization with a large nationwide membership base. The CCRL is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members.

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Christian Domenic Elia, PhD
CCRL Executive Director