Leading Kansas Anti-Abortion Group Now Concerned About Human-Animal Hybrids

Normally this wouldn’t be a story I would give a great deal of attention to, except it’s so bizarre that I couldn’t resist. I’m not even sure calling it “bizarre” does it justice.

We all know radical anti-abortion groups can be a little unhinged – that’s nothing new. But a leading anti-abortion group, Kansas for Life, has taken things to a whole other level of insanity by sending out a questionnaire to state lawmakers asking them whether or not they opposed the possibility of human-animal hybrids.

No, I’m not joking.

From the Kansas City Star:

A questionnaire that KFL’s political action committee sent out to legislative candidates this month asks candidates whether they oppose human cloning and the creation of human-animal hybrids, which the group refers to as chimeras.

The questionnaire is a way to show candidates “the range of the kinds of things that the pro-life movement is interested in,” said Kathy Ostrowski, the group’s legislative director.

That includes cloning and genetic research that uses cells from more than one species. “Am I aware of it happening (in Kansas)? At this moment, no. But does that mean it’s not happening somewhere? I can’t tell you that,” she said.

I – don’t even know what to say to that, quite honestly.

This is why I struggle to take some of these folks seriously. If you want to have a debate over when “life” technically exists, okay, that’s at least a rational debate which I don’t mind having. I may disagree with anti-abortion advocates on where they stand on that issue, but I can at least recognize that there’s a valid reason for having that sort of debate.

The problem is, many of these radical anti-abortion groups go well beyond anything resembling a rational debate.

I’m in my mid-30’s and, at no time in my existence as someone who supports a woman’s right to have control over her own body, have I ever thought, “Hmm, you know what might be really cool? A cat person!”

Those are the types of “concerns” the legislative director of the state’s leading anti-abortion group worried about to such an extent that she developed a questionnaire for lawmakers to find out where they stood on human/animal hybrids. It’s weird enough to even discuss such a thing in private amongst yourselves, but to actually be so concerned about it that you would want to know where lawmakers stood on an issue that’s essentially the plot to The Island of Dr. Moreau is absolutely insane.

Again, this is why it’s so difficult to take these folks seriously. Those of us on the left are trying to have an actual adult debate about women’s rights, abortion and the whole process of reproduction in general – with people who are so unhinged about this whole subject that they’re literally worried about possible animal/human hybrids becoming a reality one day.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Eg Kbbs

    If the language is as reported, the language itself is misleading (“questionnaire to state lawmakers asking them whether or not they opposed the possibility of human-animal hybrids.”)

    The possibility / probability of having such creatures, while extremely low, is a mathematical analysis. What I (or anyone else) thinks of it matters as much as what I think of the probability that the sun will rise tomorrow.

    OTOH – ROTFL. Do these folks actually think this has a high probability ? There are a few, rare, examples where species cross but generally it doesn’t work – even for species with the same number of chromosomes.

    • Eg Kbbs

      Trying to give them credence (and realizing they are in the midst of trying to wrap their minds around the concept of transgender). I wonder if they’ve seen the pictures of people who had elaborate procedures so as to look like various animals.

      Example: http://metro.co.uk/2008/09/02/man-turned-cat-is-worlds-most-modified-man-457169/

      Then there is always the David Icke crowd who claims that the world leaders are really reptiles.

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  • Darrian

    Umm—ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!!!!….that is all…

  • The Reader

    Human nature never fails to dumbfound me. It should be possible for someone to have an idea that is rational and doesn’t spill over into the outrageous, but sooner or later someone will ruin it for everyone else. Intruding on a woman’s right to control her body is logical to everyone except men and some warped women, but projecting the future of her right by “maybe” legislation is pure insanity.

  • Ray Odiorne

    There are actual experiments now to develop chimeras, although not in the sense of a human/animal clone. What scientists are trying is to take stem cells and let them develop in an animal womb. The intention is that this way, human organs may be produced for transplant in humans. The rationale is to supplement the small number of human organs for transplants.

  • amersham46

    Like primates from Kansas breeding outside their species