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Register Radio: Morally-Tainted Products and Family Films

Technologist Rebecca Taylor and Film Critic Steven Greydanus

03/09/2012 Comment

In the first half of Register Radio, technologist in molecular biology, Rebecca Taylor spoke about her recent National Catholic Register article “Morally Tainted: Products Made Possible by the Killing of Innocent Human Life.”

She carefully explained how biotechnology companies and others are using decades-old cell lines and tissue that has come from aborted children to test products, vaccines, and flavor enhancers.

Asked what we can do about it, she counseled that, “We do have to be morally outraged, but we can’t become hysterical either. We need to let the FDA, the companies, and doctors know that this is something we can’t live with,” said Taylor. “We need to let them know that we want alternatives that don’t come from these cell lines.”

She also spoke about the organization Children of God for Life. They have introduced legislation for labeling on such products.

In the second half of the show, National Catholic Register film critic Steven Greydanus provides an excerpt from his rhyming review on “The Lorax,” he recommends “The Secret World of Arrietty” as a decent film that all ages will enjoy, and he provides his thoughts as to why it’s so difficult to find favorable family films.

“Hollywood is about producing kiddie movies and then compensating adults by throwing in crude humor and pop culture references,” said Greydanus. “Few studios produce films that families can watch together, except for Pixar and Studio Ghibli.”

As always, Register Radio airs today on EWTN’s affiliates at 2 p.m. EASTERN, and re-airs on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. EASTERN or Sunday at 11:00 a.m. EASTERN. You can also listen to the show after it airs on the Register Radio page or download the podcast for later listening.

Filed under abortion, biotechnology, cell lines, family films, morally tainted products, rebecca taylor, steven greydanus, the lorax, the secret world of arrietty

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Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.