Are politics valued more than children’s health?

baby with bottle

Wait… Don’t answer that. I don’t think I really want to know where our legislators, and society by default, see the greatest value. Actions speak louder than words. To me, and to countless other parents, the choice to NOT act when the scientific evidence clearly indicates that a toxic chemical is hazardous to human health, particularly children, speaks louder than anything else ever could.

The choice to sit idly by when study after study shows that a totally unnecessary chemical in children’s feeding products is harming our children is cowardly. Many manufacturers and retailers have already voluntarily demonstrated that they understand the importance of this decision, but that is not enough. Many other states’ legislative powers have already decided to ban BPA from children’s feeding products and all should follow suit.

Now it is time for Oregon’s legislators to step up.

It is time for all of Oregon’s families to be able to know without a doubt that any baby bottle, any sippy cup, is not going to leach an endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemical into their child’s food. It is time for all children to be able to have some protection in this world. We may not be able to stop everything and we may not want to, but we can do this. We have to do this. We have to.

It is time to put the value into Oregon’s children, not the metal can manufacturers and chemical industry (out-of-state corporate interests) that are putting up the opposition.

Right now SB 695, the BPA-Free Baby Bill, is stuck. It passed the Oregon Senate, but is now just stalled in committee. It needs a little help to get out to the floor so that the rest of the Oregon House gets a chance to do their part. This bill is good for babies, good for business, and good for Oregon. As the world goes BPA-free, we have to make the choice do we want politicians that value out-of-state industry or do we want leaders who value people, small business, and this state?

What you can do:

  • Sign this petition that will be delivered to the House Committee on Energy, Environment and Water co-chairs on May 23rd! (Updated: This petition was signed by 500 parents and hand delivered on 5/23 by some very determined volunteers from The Mother Pac.)
  • Learn more about BPA from OEC. I have also recently written about it here, here, and here.

Updated: Oregon’s legislators have thus far ignored the petition signatures, the calls, and the letters from Oregon parents – Oregon constituents and have left the BPA-Free Baby Bill to languish in committee hoping that we don’t notice or don’t care enough to raise our voices loud enough to demand children’s health over politics.

Please, take the time today to contact your legislator. Tell them you are disappointed. Ask them to make their position on BPA clear. Ask them to make children’s health a priority now.

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Are politics valued more than children’s health? — 12 Comments

  1. Done….. and facebooked and twittered. Thanks for all you do. For the information and for making it easy to make a stand and to have a voice.

  2. I grew up in Washington (state) and I’m shocked that this is even up for debate in Oregon. Thank you so much for blogging about it.


    • I am sad that it is up for debate here. I am sad that the industry lobbyists have had more influence over our legislature than constituents (parents and children). Just north, Washington was one of the first states to pass a similar bill and overwhelmingly so. Washington’s House voted 96-1 and the Senate voted 36-9 to value their children’s health. I still hold out hope that Oregon’s lawmakers will do the same thing.

  3. You kind of have to wonder what people will think in say, 100 years, about us as a society that we KNOW this substance is toxic and yet we continue to use it?

    Good on you for spreading the word and fighting the good fight!!

    • I do wonder, I wonder about that a lot. In another post I used the examples of Thalidomide, Diethylstilbestrol (DES), dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), asbestos, mercury, lead, and cigarette smoking as examples of things that were once thought to be safe and were later proven to be dangerous for our health and the health of our environment. Most, if not all, of these had documented adverse health effects long before the public was made aware.

      Is BPA going to be added to that list?

  4. Thanks for creating awareness around the issue. The harmful plastics are children are exposed to is downright terrifying.

    • Thanks for the comment, Lucy. I agree that it is very terrifying. The hope I hold is that with increased education and choices we can make a real difference for our children and their health.

  5. If we continue to allow partisan politics to trump action that would safeguard what we hold most dear well endanger what we value as Oregonians clean air and water and a healthy environment for our children. The science is increasingly clear that bisphenol-A BPA leaching from baby bottles and sippy cups poses a risk to childrens health from behavioral disorders to cancer to infertility. Alternatives are available today but without a ban it remains a burdensome task for parents to distinguish safe bottles and sippy cups from those containing BPA that are still on the shelves.

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