California: Vote YES on SB 1713.

By Kristie Turck •  Published 08/11/08 •  2 min read

Last updated on August 13th, 2008 at 01:33 pm

When I was living in California, I was always annoyed whenever I was watching TV, during an election, because I had never lived in a state that so quite in your face with political commercials. Sure, we have our fair share here, but nothing like I’ve seen while living there. “Vote YES on 283, or else the coast will break off and we’ll all die.” “NO NO, vote NO on 283 so we can all have beach front property.” By the time Election Day rolled around, my brain hurt. Should I push the red button? Should I not push it? When I was handed my ballot, I felt as if I was back in high school with those old scan tron sheets. When in doubt, choose C.

Sadly, I moved out of California last year, but I’m hearing a lot of disheartening information on SB 1713, which is the bill to ban BPA in baby bottles and other baby food and beverage containers. With this bill in the works, the American Chemistry Council has put together a very detailed campaign to sway consumers into voting no on SB 1713. I get why they’re doing it, as it affects their bottom line. But it makes me sick. The ACC has stopped at nothing to try and keep people from abandoning BPA. Including biased studies.

The cold hard fact is: We have no way of knowing just how harmful BPA is. 50 years is only a blip on the timeline and we have know way of knowing what effects these chemicals will have years down the road. Not even on people, but in soil, our water supply and in our atmosphere. I hope that SafeMama readers will take the time to weigh the facts when and decide for yourself what you think. And I can only hope that California becomes a stepping stone in helping get BPA banned from the United States altogether.