Oklahoma state senator Ralph Shortey is concerned about the possibility that some nefarious person or entity is using aborted human fetuses in food, and has introduced legislation to put a stop to this. Or, to keep it from starting, because he isn’t exactly sure that anybody’s really doing this, or how or where they’d be doing it if they were. Still, can’t be too careful.
SB 1418 is, at least for the moment, just this one sentence:
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.
[…] “People are thinking that this has to do with fetuses being chopped up and put in our burritos,” Shortey said, something no one had been thinking until he said it. “That’s not the case,” he went on. “It’s beyond that.” That’s right — they are also in our chalupas.
[…] According to Shortey, there are companies out there “using embryonic stem cells to research and basically cause a chemical reaction to determine whether or not something tastes good or not.” He said he read last year that a pro-life group was boycotting an unnamed company for this, and I guess if you’ve read someplace that somebody is upset about something that might be happening somewhere in the world, that’s really all you need to know before writing a law banning what you believe that thing to be. 1