Hooray for Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and his courageous stance against government funding for research on links between environmental factors and breast cancer. Let it never be said that the good senator lost sight of what’s best for his constituents – constituents who provide PAC contributions, that is.
The list of possible environmental chemicals contributing to rising rates of breast cancer is long and deserving of more research. But a senate bill that would have provided government support in this area is being effectively held-up by one man, Senator Coburn. Huff-Po has the details, and here’s an excerpt:
Senator Coburn has singlehandedly decided that breast cancer and women’s health just isn’t a priority. His hold on The Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act (S. 757) means that Congress will leave town for October recess without passing this crucial legislation. The American people overwhelmingly support breast cancer research. With 66 Senate co-sponsors and 99 Senators agreeing to pass the bipartisan bill by unanimous consent, Senator Tom Coburn is the only reason this bill has not passed the Senate.
If the environment has anything to do with breast cancer, we need to know and we need to act. The Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act (BCERA) could help discover the causes of breast cancer and how to stop it before a woman gets it. We need the federal government to play an active role in this fight. We need Congress, and you, to do more than wear pink ribbons.
Chemicals that have been fingered as potential culprits in contributing to breast cancer and other forms of cancer are ones like benzene, ethylene oxide, methylene chloride and nitrofurazone. These chemical names might not sound a familiar note, but their use is widespread. A vast array of industries depend on them. Industries such as:
- those producing solvents
- food additives
- fumigants and pesticides for cereal crops
- the manufacture of rubber, vinyl, polyurethane foams
- anti-freeze products
- flame retardants
- gasoline additives
- microelectronics & semiconductors
- pharmaceutical drugs
- sterilizing agents for medical instruments
- tear gas
Now, go here and take a look at which corporations and PAC’s are contributing to Senator Coburn and other politicians.
Then come back and explain to me how breast cancer isn’t a political issue.
Oh, and happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Senator Coburn.