CHEMICALS: Ob-gyn engagement on toxics law reform seen as major step (Greenwire,12/24/2013)


Greenwire reports on the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' (ACOG) emergence as a leader in the movement to reform our broken federal chemical management system.

In September 2013 ACOG released a statement recommending that physicians educate patients about  how to avoid toxic chemicals found in thier homes, communities and workplaces. That statement has set the stage for ACOG's more than 50,000 reproductive doctor members to talk to their patients about toxic chemicals' potential effects on development and pregnancy. And the statement has put ACOG in a "position to engage with policymakers and legislators to do more on chemicals."

Nancy Buermeyer, senior policy strategist for the Breast Cancer Fund, was quoted in the article, saying that ACOG's position is "incredibly helpful" in drumming up support for substantive chemicals policy reform.

"They're the medical professionals that take care of the most vulnerable populations," Buermeyer said. "We know prenatal exposures are often the most dangerous, and having the group of physicians taking care of women at that time means they can do a world of good in reducing that exposure. Just as important, their voice in the public policy world is respected."

Tracey Woodruff, who leads the reproductive health and environment program at the University of California, San Francisco and serves on the Breast Cancer Fund's science advisory panel, refers to ACOG's statement as a "foundational step." 

The Greenwire story is not available online, but you can read more about prenatal chemical exposures in our Sept. 2013 report Disrupted Development: the Dangers of Prenatal BPA Exposure.


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