Oklahoma Senate Bill SB1418 in the 2011 session makes it illegal to sell or prepare an aborted fetus as food. The bill, introduced to the Oklahoma senate was authored by Ralph Shortey, a Republican with ties to the Tea Party from district 44. In part the one page bill, which could effectively become law on November 1, 2012 states:
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:
SECTION 1. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1-1150 of Title 63, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
No person or entity shall manufacture or knowingly sell 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.
The legislation would effectively shut down any food processors using the biotech firm Senomyx, which uses HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney cells) to produce flavor enhancers for companies like Kraft foods, Pepsi Co, and Nestle. Senomyx describes its operations on its web site as:
“Using isolated human taste receptors we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor,”
“What they do not tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors. There are many options PepsiCo could be using instead of aborted fetal cells for testing. The aborted fetal cells are not in the product itself.” – Debi Vinnedge, President of Children of God for Life
The wording of the Oklahoma legislation bans products where “aborted human fetuses in the ingredients or which used aborted human fetuses in the research or development of any of the ingredients” which would mean many Kraft, Pepsi Co and Nestle foods – some even for children will not be sold in Oklahoma.