Reproductive Health Concerns in the Gulf

A recent article by Lucinda Marshall, founder and director of the Feminist Peace Network, highlights growing concerns about threats to reproductive health among those affected by the ongoing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. People who work with, or whose partners work with, the chemical dispersants used in the clean-up may be exposed to endocrine-disrupting toxins uniquely dangerous to pregnant women, children, developing fetuses, and people whose health is already compromised. Crude oil itself, as the National Institutes of Health points out, contains volatile chemicals that “have been linked to miscarriage, preterm birth and low birth weight.”

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