Put down that can of soda! Oklahoma Rep. Ralph Shortey says it’s contraband!
The Oklahoma legislator is proposing a ban on “aborted human fetuses in food,” and your mac and cheese, Pepsi Free and chocolate bars may all be at risk.
Via the Associated Press:
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.
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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.
The impetus behind this bill? Likely the proposed boycott on Pepsi and other companies being pushed for months by anti-choice advocates who claim they are using “aborted fetuses” in the development of flavorings for their products.
Legislative leaders say the bill is unlikely to pass.