A rare rant from the gentle-mannored Ironic Catholic who is “flummoxed” by people dismissive of the idea of a culture of death.
Let me put it this way: I live a pretty charmed existence, (lower) middle class in the sedate Upper Midwest, with a lovely family and work I love. But I am also surrounded by people interested in slashing human dignity at every turn: hospitals that ask me with every pregnancy (for over two hours at the mandatory genetic questioning intake) are you sure you don’t want to kill your child, part of a Church where a majority of practitioners support torture, a country that increasingly encourages assisted suicide over being human and holding that person’s hand, a nation at war for reasons I *still* cannot understand, a neighborhood where a mother of a child with Down Syndrome had an acquaintance tell her (IN FRONT OF THE CHILD) “why didn’t you just abort him?”, a town where there are homeless families facing the “slow kill” of living on the street, and more. If this isn’t the culture of death, well, what the ^%(&%)# is? [Source]
Amen. A culture where biotech company Senomyx uses aborted fetal cells in the research and development of artificial flavor enhancers and work for companies like PepsiCo, Nestle, Kraft. They use human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce taste receptors for testing.
I’m not much of one to join boycotts and besides I hate Pepsi, but also no longer consume soft drinks. Though Pepsi does have other products like Sobe Water, Green Teas, Starbucks Ready to drink coffees, etc that I will totally avoid as along as they continue association with Senomyx. Especially as other companies dropped their association when this was originally made news.