One of my favorite movies is The Princess Bride. Full of great lines and great moments, the story continues to be a classic. One of my favorite scenes is when Wesley (the hero) takes on Vizzini (an antagonist) in a duel of wits. Wesley wins because, as he admits to Buttercup, he’s been building up immunity to iocane powder.
It makes me wonder if we are doing the same thing today…
I’m going to jump right to the point. We’ve known that research companies use aborted fetus cells as part of medical research, but there is a rather new market that we don’t hear about.
Kidney cells from aborted babies are being used to test sweeteners for sodas. Senomyx is a research company under contract with Pepsi to test sweeteners for their drinks. While the cells do not make it into the drinks themselves, they are used to do the research for the drinks.
This leads me to the next question. How far away are we from cannibalism?
Follow the logic.
Human cells are being used in research for the drinks, thus we are only a step away. Does this frighten you? What does this tell us about our society?
Those of us “older folk” remember a 1973 science fiction movie called Soylent Green. Even the name turns my stomach (still!) just thinking of the context. But this science fiction idea is not so science fiction anymore.
Let me summarize the plot… (Yes! Spoiler alert!!!)
The main character is a police officer who through a series of murders tracks down a corporation who says they are using plankton from the disappearing oceans of 2022 to make healthy crackers called soylent green for the starving people to eat. The world has become over populated, the green house effect has led to poor crops, and the general state of the people is that they are in a starving panic. The main character’s shaman is an older man who is dying. This shaman figures out that the murders are committed to keep the results of an oceanic research paper out of the public eye. The research? There is there is no more plankton in the dying oceans. So the next question is “What is soylent green?” As the shaman is dying he begs the main character to see what happens to his dead body and sure enough, it is turned into these soylent green crackers for people to eat.
Are you sick to your stomach yet?
Well, the fact of the matter is this: We are only a step away from Soylent Green.
Follow the logic.
1973 – abortions are made legal
We find out through medical research that a fetus has complete human DNA from the moment of conception.
We begin to use aborted fetus cell lines to create vaccinations for our children (See MMR, Varicella, and Hepatitis A ingredients) We justify this because it is saving lives.
We begin to use aborted fetus cells lines for research for cures for diseases. (It happens that adult stem cells have helped many different diseases while fetus cells still have produced very little cures yet). But we again justify this because it saves lives.
We use aborted fetus cells to test sweeteners for human consumption. How is this saving lives?
It doesn’t. But this is the next step in the de-valuing of human life. There really is no reason for this type of research except that we’ve become so de-sensitized that we think nothing of it.
If we take the next logical step, we might ask ourselves: Would it be so bad to be cannibals if we put these cells in our food? The fetuses are already dead, right?
The slippery slope was determined back in 1973, but when do we cry uncle?
Are we really that far away from Soylent Green?
I can’t help but think that standing by and letting this happen is any different than building up an immunity to iocane powder. Can it do us any good?
Here is the research: http://www.cogforlife.org/pepsiboycott.htm