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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:21 PM

State Bill Outlaws Use Of Fetuses In Food Industry

Oh thank goodness. I always worried whether my tuna fish was fetus free*, and I absolutely hate picking tiny bits of fetus out of my Froot Loops. Everybody sing with me now... Ohhhklahoma, where the fetus's not in my chow mein!

*Fetus free -- like Fort Wayne's sewers! (http://goo.gl/OulUz)

A bill introduced in the Oklahoma Legislature has some folks scratching their heads, as it prohibits "the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses."

Since the bill was introduced late last week by State Sen. Ralph Shortey, a Republican from Oklahoma City, corners of the Internet have been buzzing with the news, as people try to figure out two things: 1) is this real; and 2) is there any reason the bill might be needed?


The AP and the O'Collegian say that Shortey didn't respond to calls for comment. Two calls from NPR to the senator's office went to voicemail and were not returned. But Tulsa radio station KRMG managed to get in touch with him to ask about the legislation, Senate Bill 1418.

The senator says that his research shows there are companies in the food industry that have used human stem cells to help them research and develop products, including artificial flavorings.

"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," Shortey tells KRMG's Nicole Burgin.

Full story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/01/20/145539661/state-bill-outlaws-use-of-fetuses-in-food-industry-meets-visceral-reaction

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Response to salvorhardin (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:23 PM

1. I saw this a few hours ago

and my first thought was that it had to be The Onion but it is not, it is Oklahoma. Just like Kansas where I live it is always a bit hard to know.

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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:32 PM

2. Will a CGI Charlton Heston be used in TV ads for the bill?

"Sarah Lee is dead babies!"

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Wed Jan 25, 2012, 04:23 PM

3. Mmmmm. Yummy stem cells.

My morning fetus smoothie.

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