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Oklahoma Republican State Senator Ralph Shortey Introduces Bill Banning Aborted Human Fetuses in Food

Anyone remember that early ’70s sci-fi flick Soylent Green, the tall tale of an overpopulated earth in the year 2022, a world in which food is so scarce that human corpses are converted into food? The film’s unforgettable ending features the late Charlton Heston as an NYPD detective who figures this out and warns, in vain, that Soylent Green, ostensibly a plankton-based food product, “IS PEOPLE!”

Methinks Oklahoma state senator Ralph Shortey (Republican, of course) saw that movie one too many times in his youth, for he’s come out with one of the most ridiculous bills I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen heaps! Sen. Shortey’s proposed bill, introduced January 18, would ban 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.”

Um, can anyone tell me why such a bill is necessary? According to Shortey’s own research from unspecified sources, companies are using human stem cells in food research and development. According to KRMG, Shortey explained:

“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. 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.”

Yup, Shortey’s definitely seen Soylent Green one too many times.

You would be forgiven for blasting the senator for being a complete bumblefuck; this is, after all, a lawmaker who introduced a bill seeking a public vote to abolish the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals and another that would have allowed legislators to carry guns anywhere they pleased, including in government buildings. But perhaps he’s not as dumb as he appears– this latest bill could be a back-door attempt at banning stem cell research. He says it isn’t, but he also says he would vote for just such a ban given the opportunity.

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  1. Lori WescottJanuary 31, 2012 at 4:54 pmReply

    Wow, combine this winner with TN State Senator Stacey “Don’t Say Gay” Campfield, and you’ve got one diabolical duo.

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