Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.)
Goal: Protect expectant mothers from toxic chemicals used in pesticides and everyday household products
According to a recent study from the America College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pregnant women are exposed to dozens of toxic chemicals every day. These chemicals have shown to cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and preterm births. Low-wage immigrants who work on farms that use chemical pesticides are especially at risk.
More specifically, the ACOG study found that the average pregnant woman is exposed to about forty-three toxic chemicals each day. Chemicals used to make plastics and line the inside of metal cans contain hormone-disrupting components that are linked to childhood obesity, asthma risk, and heart disease. Women who work in certain industries or areas of the country are at an even heightened risk, and often these women are immigrants who face a more difficult time receiving proper health assistance.
Everyday chemicals are proven to increase the risk of childhood cancers, birth defects, thyroid problems, and intellectual impairment. Unfortunately, we don’t even have safety data on most of the chemicals that show up in the products we use every day and in our food. Sign the below petition to require the E.P.A. to define and evaluate the risks that these common toxic chemicals pose to pregnant women.
Dear Ms. McCarthy,
Many common products like aluminum cans and fresh foods at the supermarket contain dozens of toxic chemicals. Although no human body is prepared to fight these toxins, pregnant women are especially at risk.
According to a recent American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists report, more than 700 new chemicals enter the United States market each year. Over 84,000 chemical substances are currently used in manufacturing, and pregnant women encounter about forty-three of these each day.
Chemical toxin ingestion during pregnancy leads to birth defects, intellectual impairment, childhood obesity, and childhood cancer. It’s terrifying to think that we don’t even have accurate safety data on most of the chemicals that occur in our food, soil, air, water, and household products.
I am urging you to define and estimate the dangers associated with the most common forms of chemical toxin ingestion for pregnant women. Please work with leaders in the obstetrics and gynecology fields to establish standards of patient education for pregnant women. The future generations of our nation depend upon us to protect them now. Please support natural alternatives to chemical uses in both agriculture and manufacturing to protect the health of unborn children.
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