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?

  • Oedipa

    “As pro-lifers, we must fully support Sen. Shortey’s proposition to end embryonic stem cell research in Oklahoma”.

    Yes, please do. Because then most sober observers will realize you’re not interested in crafting policy for the real world, but some phantasmagorical world where fetuses are put into our soup, sharia law is right around the corner, and the word “gay” can be outlawed*

    *All real policy proposals taken up in crackpot state legislatures around the country.

    • Guest

      If fetal cannibalism isn’t happening, will never be happening, and is overall just a ridiculous idea then banning it should be no problem.

      There’s no policy proposal to outlaw the word “gay” anywhere.  There is a bill in the Tennessee state legislature that would outlaw discussion of homosexuality in K-8 public schools.  While I agree that this measure is completely ridiculous, you would do well to at least get your facts right.

  • Anonymous

    That’s all well and good that Oklahoma is passing that law, but we need the law in San Diego, California. Only then would Senomyx be stopped.

    • Angel4umc

      I agree with you completely.  Its time we contact our Senators and request such a law to be passed.  I can’t believe they actually use fetus cells.  It is wrong and it is also wrong for them to use them in vaccines.  Why isn’t this already against the law.  I don’t understand what has happen to society.  What has happen to common sense?

  • Jnrg41982

    No, no…this bill is fine for the food part, but as far as medical research goes, they have gone to far…some vaccines can’t propogate on anything except human tissue. and did you know that soft fetal tissue makes natural insulin that could sure or treat type I and II diabetes? do your research people. I am against abortion, but if they are going to allow pitiful women to do it anyway, may as well use the poor aborted baby to help people. not with food, but medically yes.