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McCarthy, Angie. “On Fertile Ground: The Environmental and Reproductive Justice Movements as a Unified Force for Reforming Toxic Chemical Regulation.” Sustainable Development Law & Policy 13, no. 1 (April 2013): 58–60.


This short article presents the possibility that the Environmental Justice and Reproductive Justice movements should collaborate to pass more regulations for toxic chemicals that affect the most vulnerable populations, especially pregnant women. Many of the goals of the two movements are similar, such as “to improve the socioeconomic conditions of those living in poverty, increase involvement of traditionally marginalized communities in policy decisions affecting them, and recognize the right of women to have healthy pregnancies and of parents to raise healthy children” (1). McCarthy argues that by uniting forces, these efforts can have a larger impact in passing legislation like The Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 and The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.  This piece is useful as an introduction to the topic and provides many useful resources in the extensive endnotes.


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