Oklahoma Bill Introduced to Ban Human Fetal Tissue in Food and Ingredient Research

A new Oklahoma bill, SB 1418, was introduced January 18th by State Sen. Ralph Shortey; it bans manufacturing or selling any “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.”

Many might be incredulous to the idea that we’re eating babies, or using them to develop soda pop. But it does happen. Senomyx, a flavor research company in San Diego, uses proteins taken from human embryos to taste-test artificial flavors and sweeteners. Senomyx collaborates with many name-brand food companies, including PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, and Nestle.

Various medicines and vaccines use tissues from aborted children including the rubella vaccine, AIDS research, measles vaccine, mumps vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccineParkinson cure testing, chickenpox, and rabies.

Regarding the use of fetuses in the development of foods and medicines, Shortey stated, “I don’t know if it is happening in Oklahoma… What I am saying is that if it does happen then we are not going to allow it to manufacture here.”

Whether embryos are living humans is considered controversial. However, science itself identifies the smallest zygote as the beginning of a unique individual. The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, Patten’s Foundations of Embryology, and Essentials of Human Embryology affirm that the zygote is the starting point of a distinct human life. “To deny this, in order to justify destroying human embryos for research, is to deny science to advance an ideology.” (Do No Harm)

Destroying embryos is not the only research option. Medicine has many alternatives – all more effective than embryonic stem cells: adult stem cells, iPSCs, and stem cells from cord blood. As for taste-testing, surely other proteins can produce similar effects.

As pro-lifers, we must fully support Sen. Shortey’s proposition to end embryonic stem cell research in Oklahoma. We ought to try to get similar bans affected in our own states, and boycott foods and medicines that are the products of embryonic destruction. If we all act, we can change things!

It’s ironic – exterminating unborn children to taste-test sweets that they will never have the pleasure of savoring. People protest vehemently against animal-testing in foods, cosmetics, and drugs, yet support human-testing, an act that kills children. Aren’t we even “animals” anymore?