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January 26, 2012

Legislator Wants to Keep “Aborted Fetuses” Out of Food

Coca-Cola may be getting a big boost in Oklahoma, and it’s all about “personhood.” Republican State Senator Ralph Shortey, a Republican, has proposed a bill to ban “aborted human fetuses in food.” The bill reads: “No person or entity shall manufacture or knowingly sell food or any other product intended for human consumption which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients or which used aborted human fetuses in the research or development of any of the ingredients.” Asked for the source of this possibility, he said “internet research.”

This “research” may be the actions of a group that tried to boycott PepsiCo because it works with a research and development company that they accused of using a line of embryonic kidney stem cells from the 1970s to test “flavor enhancers.” The group called Children of God for Life claims that these stem cells are the same as aborted fetuses: “What they do not tell the public is that they are using HEK 293–human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors,’ stated Debi Vinnedge, President for CGL. She did admit that these reported “aborted fetal cells” are not actually in the product.

PepsiCo partnered with food product development company Senomyx to develop a new low-calorie sweetener, but the company denied using fetal tissue in its research. “Unfortunately, there is some misinformation being circulated related to research techniques that have been used for decades by universities, hospitals, government agencies, and private companies around the world. These claims are meant to suggest that human fetal tissue is somehow used in our research,” wrote Margaret Corsi, a spokesperson for PepsiCo. “That is both inaccurate and something we would never do or even consider.”

Children of God for Life is a “medical” offshoot of the American Life League which is behind the “personhood” bills described yesterday pushing “personhood” bills and other attempts to close Planned Parenthood and ban birth control.

Shortey said that he doesn’t positively know if any foods contain “aborted human fetuses.” But he added that, without his bill, government could “force every human being” to be an organ donor “and that’s kind of what we’re doing with these children. Before they’re born, we’re going to kill them and then we can do anything we want to with your body.”

Let’s imagine that the bill passes, crazy as it sounds. It could be a ban to all stem cell research and products that might cure such disorders as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. If these products enter the body, stem cell treatments could be described as “a product that contains aborted human fetuses.”

This isn’t the first crackpot bill Shortey has put forward in Oklahoma’s senate. Last year he wanted law enforcement to be able to seize the homes and vehicles of illegal immigrants. In addition, he wanted to deny Oklahoma citizenship to anyone born in the state to illegal immigrants, in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. Then, probably feeling insecure because of the bills he sponsored, he proposed an amendment to an existing bill that would allow legislators to carry firearms anywhere in the state, including the floor of the House and the Senate. This year he has already sponsored a bill asking the public to vote on a state amendment that would abolish the Court of Criminal Appeals.

There are lots of problems in the country; now one of them seems to be that legislators are trying to outlaw far-fetched possibilities of the future instead of solving existing evil around us.

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