The Corner

Legalizing Cannibalism?

The placenta is a human fetal organ that is expelled from the mother’s uterus after birth. Now, Oregon has legalized taking the placenta home for burial or consumption. From the L.A. Times story:

Today, an increasing number of women across the country call the placenta lunch, or at least an important nutritional supplement. These new mothers, including “Mad Men” actress January Jones, believe that eating the tissue in pill form, raw or perhaps in a smoothie can help ease postpartum depression. 

I’m sorry, but I have to ask: Isn’t that cannibalism?