Pro-Life? Drink Pepsi? Maybe You Shouldn’t.
This story might just change your mind about having anything to do with Pepsico:
Pepsi is back in the news this week and is coming under criticism from pro-life advocates because it has been contracting with a research firm that uses fetal cells from babies victimized by abortions to test and produce artificial flavor enhancers.
Yes, you read that right. The can of Pepsi on your desk might just have fetal cells from aborted babies in the “artificial flavors” listed in the ingredients.
“The precedent does exist because we have furthered the culture of death. When we allowed fetal cell research, we opened the door for this. While that law needs to be changed as soon as possible, what needs to happen immediately is that PepsiCo (which includes Frito-Lay) Nestle, and Kraft need to display morality and ethics and pull out, regardless of the cost, from Senomyx,” [blogger Susan Michelle] concludes. “We can’t feign shock because we’ve been doing this for years with medicine and skin creams, so this was bound to happen. And only the changing of hearts will reverse it. As long as we are a consumer-driven culture with an appetite for what pleases us, these companies have us where they want us, and we are a part of the profit from the shedding of innocent blood.”
Of course, because I’m a fan of Coca-Cola products, and not the P-word, I can’t really boycott their drinks any more than I already do, but Pepsico has a number of subsidiaries that I do business with, but won’t until they reverse this policy:
- Pepsi beverages, including Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Aquafina bottled water, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Tropicana juices, and Amp energy, among others (those are just the most popular)
- Frito-Lay chips, including Fritos, Lay’s, Ruffles, Doritos, Tostitos, Cheetos, Rold Gold pretzels, Sun Chips, and Cracker Jack, again, among others.
- Quaker Oats, which include Quaker oatmeal, Rice-a-Roni, Cap’n Crunch, Life cereal, and Aunt Jemima syrup, among others.
No one who believes in the sanctity of life should have anything to do with these brands.