From Mother Jones: http://motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/11/atrazine-cancer-epa
By Tom Philpott
Mon Nov. 7, 2011
The EPA, which regulates pesticide use, has been operating under the assumption that the chemical is “not likely to be a human carcinogen.” But in 2009, the agency launched what it called a “comprehensive new evaluation of the pesticide atrazine to determine its effects on humans.” As part of the process, it charged a panel made up of independent scientists and public health experts to “evaluate the pesticide’s potential cancer and non-cancer effects.”
Last week, the EPA released the minutes of the panel’s final meeting, which took place July 26-28. Its conclusions were stark. The panel criticized the EPA for lumping all forms of cancer together in its atrazine assessment, noting that “it would be useful and appropriate to make conclusions for individual cancers as opposed to making a blanket determination for cancer in general.” It then gave a list of cancers for which there is “suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential”: ovarian cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, hairy-cell leukemia, and thyroid cancer. For other cancers—prostate cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, esophageal cancers, and childhood cancers—the panel found that “there is inadequate evidence” to determine whether or not atrazine is a cause.
At another point in the minutes, the panel pointed to “strong” epidemiological evidence linking atrazine to thyroid cancer, and “suggestive” evidence linking it to ovarian cancer. “Many on the Panel believed that the epidemiology data failed to provide compelling evidence that atrazine is not carcinogenic,” the minutes stated.
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By Kim Palmer
CLEVELAND | Sat Nov 5, 2011
(Reuters) – Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill that makes it more difficult for minors to obtain permission for an abortion.
Ohio law already requires either parental permission or court order for any woman under 18 to legally obtain an abortion.
The new law signed late on Friday would require a judge to, “hear evidence relating to the emotional development, maturity, intellect, and understanding of the minor.” Judges will also have to ask if the minor understands the consequences and alternatives to the abortion.
The law has already come under fire from Ohio abortion rights groups, chiding the governor for signing the bill late on Friday so it might go unnoticed.
“This bill ignores the fact that there are circumstances, such as a violent home, where telling her parents is not a safe option for some minor women,” Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said in a statement.
Complete article at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/05/us-abortion-ohio-idUSTRE7A41KE20111105
I think it is time for all nations to end this medieval bowing to arcane superstition.
I hereby suggest one austerity measure I could really get behind for this country. I suggest the US follow the Irish and close their Vatican embassy.
After all times are tough and you know we have to trim the fat from our budget and all.
Perhaps we could privatize the embassy and sell it to the Koch brothers or perhaps Exxon. If there are no takers perhaps we could rent it to the rich and famous as a honeymoon getaway, there by realizing a return on all the money we wasted on it.
Either way it is time to get meddlesome sectarian factions wanting to impose their religious beliefs upon others, no matter what their sect. That means no Sharia of any sort Christian or Muslim should be permitted in the US.
No more privileging of superstition based ideologies with special treatment.
End Frivolous Government Spending on waste such as the Vatican Embassy.
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/04/ireland-closure-vatican-embassy-catholic
Cardinal Sean Brady expressed his “profound disappointment” over the move, which comes after diplomatic clashes this year between the Fine Gael-Labour coalition and the Holy See over the Vatican’s handling of the clerical child sex abuse scandals in Ireland.
“This decision seems to show little regard for the important role played by the Holy See in international relations and of the historic ties between the Irish people and the Holy See over many centuries,” the cardinal said on Friday.
The Irish foreign minister and deputy prime minister, Eamon Gilmore, said the decision followed a review of overseas missions which gave “particular attention to the economic return from bilateral missions”.
Gilmore said the government had also decided to close Ireland’s embassies to Iran as well as its representative office in Timor-Leste He said the coalition was obliged to implement cuts to meet targets set out in the EU/IMF rescue programme for the Irish economy.
The foreign minister pointed out that the closure of the three embassies would save about €1.25m (£1.1m) a year. He said that while the embassy to the Holy See was one of Ireland’s oldest missions, it yielded no economic return, and that Ireland’s interests could be sufficiently represented by a non-resident ambassador. The administration will be seeking the agreement of the Holy See to the appointment of a senior diplomat to this position, he added.
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