An Oklahoma senator who has never proposed a bill that’s become law came up with another doozy when he introduced a bill calling for the ban of aborted human fetuses in food.
Not that there are any fetuses in food.
“There is a potential that there are companies that are using aborted human babies in their research and development of basically enhancing flavor for artificial flavors,” State Sen. Ralph Shortey told KRMG Radio. “I don’t know if it is happening in Oklahoma, it may be, it may not be," he continued. "What I am saying is that if it does happen then we are not going to allow it to manufacture here.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Shortey told The Associated Press that he found online evidence that some firms outside of Oklahoma use embryonic stem cells to develop artificial flavors.
Meanwhile, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman told the AP that it has no knowledge that fetuses have been used in such a way.
NPR reported that Shortey might have made the proposal after someone claimed that a San Diego company used proteins derived from human embryonic kidney cells to test artificial sweeteners.
However, according to the Daily Oklahoman, Shortey said he was responding to a call for a boycott of major food companies that partnered with a biotech firm that produces artificial flavor enhancers, unless the firm stopped using aborted fetal cells to test their products.
An anti-abortion group, Children of God for Life, called for the boycott last fall. Shortey introduced the bill on Jan. 18.
So far, measures he’s proposed that haven’t become law, according to The Seattle Times, include bills:
• that would deny Oklahoma citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born in the state;
• allow police to confiscate the homes and cars of illegal immigrants; and
• require presidential candidates to provide proof of citizenship before being allowed on Oklahoma's primary ballot.
The senator, who was elected in 2010, will most likely keep his perfect record intact with his latest bill, which prohibits the manufacture or sale of “food or any other 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.”
—JOE GREENE, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM