by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Bulletin Volume 16, Number 20
ASRM, ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes Host Congressional Briefing on the Links Between Environmental Exposures and the Health of Our Most Vulnerable
At a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill yesterday, more than 100 hill staffers and other interested individuals heard from the leaders of ASRM, ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes about the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, which governs the use of toxic chemicals in commerce. Several proposals have been introduced in Congress to reform the Act which was passed in 1976.
Dr. Rebecca Z. Sokol, ASRM’s President shared the presentation panel with Dr. Jeanne A. Conry, President of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Jerome A. Paulson, Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health, and Dr. Edward R.B. McCabe, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the March of Dimes Foundation. Together, the four represent the nation’s leading physician groups dedicated to the health of pregnant women, infants, children and families and as such were in a position to deliver a strong message to Congress about the negative impacts of exposures to toxic chemicals to an individual’s development as early as the preconception, prenatal, and pregnancy stages.
An op-ed piece titled “Real Reform Can Curb Exposure to Toxic Chemicals,” and co-authored by AGOG's President Dr. Jeanne Conry and ASRM Past President, Dr. Linda Giudice was also published in today’s edition of The Hill newspaper.
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