I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of having to finger through my food every time I'm out at a restaurant just to make certain the chef didn't try to sneak a human zygote onto my dish against my specific requests.
Hopefully, that's one problem that the good people of Oklahoma won't have to put up with for very much longer…
A Republican state senator from Oklahoma City introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban the use of aborted human fetuses in food, despite conceding that he's unaware of any company using such a practice.
Freshman Sen. Ralph Shortey said his own Internet research led him to believe such a ban is necessary and prompted him to offer the bill aimed at raising "public awareness" and giving an "ultimatum to companies" that might consider such a policy.
Shortey said he discovered suggestions online that some companies use embryonic stem cells to develop artificial flavors, but added that he is unaware of any Oklahoma companies doing such research.
Nevermind that the FDA is "not aware of this particular concern" and even staunch anti-abortion groups aren't really certain what Sen. Shortey is going on about. Let's get this taken care of NOW!
The way I see it, you can never bee too careful. One day, a scientist is using a non-sentient stem cell to research a cure for Alzheimer's disease or to stave off progressive blindness. The next, you've got Subway Sandwiches running a late-term abortion clinic out of the kitchen, and some pimply snot-nosed teenager is asking if you want raspberry balsamic vinaigrette on your Italian Bambino hoagie.
It's a very, very slippery slope.
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Tags: Abortion, Food, Oklahoma, Science & Technology, State Legislature, Stem Cells