Your Food Now Fetus-Free

Seriously, WTF Oklahoma?

An Oklahoma lawmaker files a bill to ban the making and selling of food or products that use aborted human fetuses.

State Senator Ralph Shortey says he’s done research and found reports that companies have used stem cells in the research and development of food.

“I don’t know if it is happening in Oklahoma, it may be, it may not be. What I am saying is that if it does happen then we are not going to allow it to manufacture here,” says Shortey.

The lawmaker that represents Oklahoma County couldn’t give any specific examples.

Well, thank God for Oklahoma. Because just when you think Tennessee has become a national laughingstock for stuff like, I dunno, filing a bill that would take away the courts’ ability to declare a state law unconstitutional, along comes Oklahoma to do something even crazier.

Here’s a thought for legislators: just because you read something in Newsmax or Wingnut Daily, that doesn’t mean you need to pass a law about it. Sometimes these folks — I know, hard to believe — are yanking your chain.

For his next trick, State Senator Ralph Shortey will outlaw Bonsai Kittens.


Filed under food, food supply, Republicans, stem cell research

12 responses to “Your Food Now Fetus-Free

  1. I mean, PUH-LEEZE. Preach it, sister!

  2. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I can’t believe we’ve been eating aborted fetuses! Probably in chicken nuggets…

  3. dolphin

    He’s responding to that bit of quasi-urban legend (kernel of truth, but greatly exaggerated) that went around the religious right circuit last year about “OMG!!!!!!! Diet Pepsi is liquified babies!!!!!”

    The whole story is that in Pepsi Co’s research and development they use a line of stem cells (that did in fact originate with an aborted fetus back in 1970) that is now the defacto line of stem cells for use in pretty much all biological research, in order to build artificial taste receptors to measure reaction to various ingredients. The cells are not “an aborted fetus,” but rather clones of cells that at this point have been significantly modified to not even resemble the original cell, and they are not being used IN the product, but simply as a biological sensor during development.

    From this what went around the pro-life world evolved to (and I’m not exaggerating, I actually heard this said), “Pepsi is growing 3 month old babies in petri dishes and then killing them to make their drinks sweet and they’ve been doing this every 3 months since 1970!!!”

  4. Shirt

    Somebody give the dude a subscription to the Onion!

  5. 7 comments and no one said “Soylent Green is Humans!” There. I said it.

  6. Shit, Bonsai Kittens aren’t real?

  7. knee jerk reaction to a whisper game…. gotta love it. and since when have any of us Not been guilty of something along the same lines…. but then again, We don’t make legislative bills.

  8. Does it count if your just use them as a garnish?