A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, July 14, 2005

"Unborn babies carry pollutants, study finds"

Check out this article on Yahoo. Yes, the actual headline is "Unborn babies carry pollutants, study finds." Shocking that a member of the MSM would actually refer to babies, rather than the liberal-preferred word "fetuses."


Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report released on Thursday.

Although the effects on the babies are not clear, the survey prompted several members of Congress to press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the environment.

The report by the Environmental Working Group is based on tests of 10 samples of umbilical-cord blood taken by the American Red Cross. They found an average of 287 contaminants in the blood, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and the Teflon chemical PFOA.
It isn't at all surprising that "several members of Congress" now think we need tighter controls "on chemicals in the environment.

"These 10 newborn babies ... were born polluted," said New York Rep. Louise Slaughter, who spoke a news conference about the findings on Thursday.

"If ever we had proof that our nation's pollution laws aren't working, it's reading the list of industrial chemicals in the bodies of babies who have not yet lived outside the womb," Slaughter, a Democrat, said.
Frankly, I would say that if we ever had proof that our nation's laws against murder aren't working, it's reading the statistics for how many babies are murdered every year by their own mothers and doctors and the Liberal party.

How interesting of Louise Slaughter to mention "babies who have not yet lived outside the womb." She is a Democrat, after all. Most importantly, if one goes to her website, one finds that Louise Slaughter is, at least as of April 2004, co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus. Here are some of Louise's press releases about the issue.

Including this one, on the 31st "Commemoration" of Roe v. Wade:
“We stand here today to commemorate Roe v. Wade, one of the most important Supreme Court decisions ever made for American women,” said Rep. Slaughter. “With this decision, the Court recognized that women have the right to make decisions for themselves, about their bodies and their health. The Court recognized that the government has no place in a woman’s home or in her doctor’s office.

“Sadly, the current Administration thinks that the government does ‘know better’ about a woman’s body than she does. In the three decades since Roe, these anti-choice forces have been chipping away the laws that protect our reproductive rights. And just a few months ago, the President signed into law the first ban on an abortion procedure since Roe v. Wade. I will stand up with my fellow Caucus members and fight against proposals like this, which we are sure to see in the coming year.”
So, really, Louise Slaughter is only concerned about the environment and is willing to use whatever it takes to continue tightening environmental controls. What about the babies? Why not speak for them?

Here is her contact information.