OK Lawmaker Asks for Fetus Food Ban

    Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, right, R-Oklahoma City, talks with a colleague on the floor of the Oklahoma Seante in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. A sweeping anti-illegal immigration bill, sponsored by Shortey, that gives police broad powers to arrest people they suspect are in the country illegally and seize property used to commit immigration-related crimes cleared the Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday. (AP Photo)

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    Add this to the list of laws for problems that don't (hopefully) exist. An Oklahoma Republican has proposed a bill to outlaw the use of human fetuses in food. Although he admits he isn't aware of any examples of this phenomenon, he says “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.” He cited internet research that claimed some companies use embryonic stem cells to develop artificial flavoring. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman said the “FDA is not aware of this particular concern.”

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