Don’t they want to protect babies?

04 Feb 2013 11:06 pm
Posted by: Donna

The lovely and talented Arizona Senator Katie Hobbs recently introduced SB1358, which was co-sponsored by a bevy of other lovely and talented members of the Democratic Senate caucus. And what sort of monstrous freedom-destroying socialism were these Senators up to? Well, the bill would ban the sale in Arizona of baby product containers containing BPA, also known as Bisphenol A, also known as a chemical compound that “exhibits hormone-like properties that raise concern about its suitability in consumer products and food containers.” These hormone-like properties are believed to trigger deleterious effects on the development of infants’ brains, among other things.

The Arizona Legislature is home to people like current Speaker of the House Andy Tobin (R), who in 2009 called an anti-abortion bill “the ultimate health care bill for children.” So you’d think these would be people who would at least, you know, pretend to care about threats to the health of infants posed by a toxic substance present in their baby bottles and formula jars.

But you’d be wrong about that, you big silly. Hobbs reported on her Facebook page that her bill had been “triple-assigned, so it’s pretty much dead”. Now, I’m not the foremost expert on the inner workings of the Arizona Legislature but I’m hazarding a guess that “triple assigned” refers to putting a bill before 3 committees, thus trebling the likelihood that lobbyists will put the kibosh on it before it could make it to the floor and “pro-life” legislators would be put in the untenable position of explaining their vote against a bill that would protect infants from possibly brain damaging products. Indeed, SB1358 has been assigned to the Health and Human Services, the Commerce, Energy, and Military, and the Government and Environment committees.

My cursory internet research on BPA yields a frustrating mix of plastic industry PR and conservative sites denying harmful health effects and progressive-leaning sites claiming the health risks are real. But the FDA banned the use of BPA in bottles and sippy cups in 2012 and SB1358 would simply extend that to other baby products containing it. I conclude that maybe the concerns over BPA are overblown but maybe they’re not. What this bill does is err on the safe side for babies in Arizona. Not unreasonable at all. Unfortunately, it seems our “pro-life” legislators care far more for business profits and campaign contributions than the well-being of post-birth infants.

6 Comments

  1. Comment by Phoenix Justice on February 5, 2013 6:12 am

    Lest we forget, social conservatives only care about the fetus while it is in the mother’s womb, as a means of controlling the woman. Once a baby is born, they just don’t care. If they did and were truly Christ-like, they would make sure no child goes hungry, unclothed or unsheltered. But they are not Christ-like.

  2. Comment by Mike Slater on February 5, 2013 1:51 pm

    Phoenix Justice, are you an expert on social conservatives?

  3. Comment by BB on February 5, 2013 2:07 pm

    Mike, sounds like Phoenix Justice has ‘em pretty well pegged!

  4. Comment by Timmys Cat on February 5, 2013 3:05 pm

    The lovely and talented Arizona Senator Katie Hobbs …

    Hey! I call violation of the no commenting on appearance pol..i…cy.

    never mind

    Speakanaduh-

    Dow Chemical is one of the leading manufacturers of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that is used in the making of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Recent studies have shown that the BPA in common consumer products is leading to many serious diseases, even at a low level.

    Hellluuuuu-

    Dow Chemical was a “Director” level sponsor of 2011 American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Conference, which in 2010, equated to $10,000.[7] Dow Chemical was also a sponsor of the Louisiana Welcome Reception at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting.

    We do need brave souls like Diva Katie (okok swoon!) to keep putting these types of bills up to at least show that the Lege is not comlpetely full of hyprocrites, just mostly.

    sourcewatch

  5. Comment by Old Economy Steve on February 5, 2013 9:51 pm

    As a social conservative, I can tell you that I am an expert on social conservatives. And also women’s rights, women’s health, men’s health, children’s health, basically everything there ever was and is I am an expert on it so you should just shut up when I’m talking.

  6. Comment by Timmys Cat on February 6, 2013 4:36 pm

    Ha!

    And get offa his lawn!

    This is why the GOP keeps nominating white guys. Helps keep the base from getting confoozed.

    In a new study, bound to stir controversy, researchers have found that people with low IQ tend to have socially conservative ideals and prejudiced attitudes toward others, including people of different races and homosexuals.

    MORANS

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