International Organization of Reproductive Health Physicians Calls For Action on Toxic Chemicals

A new opinion by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics highlights how exposure to toxic chemicals before and during pregnancy can lead to severe health problems.

October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2015) – After the release of a new opinion by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics on how exposure to toxic chemicals before and during pregnancy can lead to severe health problems, the BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Vice President of Health Initiatives Charlotte Brody:

“This opinion from physicians around the world is a clarion call for action on toxic chemicals that are harming our health. The report lists 118 studies that describe how cancer, infertility, birth defects, low birth weight, attention deficit disorder and other learning problems are linked to chemical exposures in parents before conception and during the prenatal period. Mothers and fathers, especially low income and women of color in America and throughout the world, are being exposed to chemicals both in their communities and their workplaces that may dramatically affect not just their own health, but the health of their babies as well.

“Health professionals from around the world are calling for action; it’s time we listened.”