Maine Governor Says It’s OK If BPA Makes Women Grow Beards

Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) recently demonstrated just how much he cares about the health of women in his state.

Currently, the state is engaged in a debate over the dangers of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), a common additive in many plastic products and food packaging.

LePage recently decided to chime-in on the debate by saying that as far as he can tell, the worst side effect [of BPA exposure] is that “some women may have little beards” (Talking Points Memo).

(I wonder how his wife feels about that comment…)

Kevin Miller of the Bangor Daily News reports LePage as saying: “Quite frankly, the science that I’m looking at says there is no [problem]. There hasn’t been any science that identifies that there is a problem.”

Apparently LePage isn’t familiar with the research of the Food and Drug Administration.

In January 2010, a study by the FDA found some evidence that BPA had a concerning effect on the “brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.”

There’s also information that suggests BPA interrupts a healthy sex life; is linked to diabetes and heart disease; and could cause infertility.

In October 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA toxic. Also late last year, the European Union banned BPA as an ingredient in baby bottles; a decision that should go into effect this month.

Why would LePage take such a calloused and misinformed stance on BPA, especially since the health of his constituents could be at risk? I’m betting that there’s money in it for him somewhere along the line.

TAKE ACTION! Sign these petitions to tell LePage and other politicians to stop playing games with our health:

Tell Congress to Ban BPA
Label Toxic BPA In All Products
Choose Kids, Not Chemicals: Ban BPA!

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago


Peggy A.
Peggy A.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Larry Cormier
Larry Cormier3 years ago

Lepage is an idiot bought by big $. He even seems to think he will get re-elected. The surprise will be his for sure cause we real Mainers know what this rude, crass cut taxes for the rich idiot puppet is really all about. We had to find out the hard way, but we are informed now.

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M.3 years ago

it's always about the money, sadly.

K. J. N.
Past Member 3 years ago

Jokes about women growing beards aren't so funny in this case. He must be so narrow minded person.

Narotam Lathia
Narotam Lathia3 years ago

This means they have been poisoning us to increase their profits. SUE them. CLASS ACTION.

Lidia F.
Lidia F.4 years ago

While I do understand everybody getting angry with the politicians,and rioting over the chemicals in our foods,and plastic etc products,why is this news?.Common sense,and knowledge should have made each of us aware of the ingestation of toxins in everything,even our clothing.I suppose going 'GREEN' is the only way to start ridding our bodies of chemicals our government 'knows' is destroying the human race.Ingestation?.Hmmmmmm that doesn't look right.

Masha Samoilova
Past Member 4 years ago

thanks, where is the FDA?

Hillary B.
Hillary B.4 years ago