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Oklahoma Bill Would Ban Fetuses in Food

Sen. Ralph Shortey read about this, um, threat online
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2012 8:52 AM CST
Updated Jan 29, 2012 12:46 PM CST

(Newser) – Oklahoma Sen. Ralph Shortey is on a mission. He's introduced a bill banning any food products "which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients." Is this a going problem in Oklahoma, you ask? Well no, but Shortey read about it once on the Internet, he tells the AP, and the bill is intended to raise "public awareness" of the issue. He insists the bill is serious, and says it's being misunderstood.

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"People are thinking that this has to do with fetuses being chopped up and put in our burritos," he tells the Daily Oklahoman. "It's beyond that." According to that thing Shortey read online that one time, some companies are using embryonic stem cells to test their products for tastiness. The FDA says it "is not aware of this particular concern," and the bill appears to have little chance of passage. The chairman of the committee it would likely head to says Oklahoma has more pressing concerns. (Read more stem cell research stories.)

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