Women’s Voices for the Earth amplifies women’s voices
to eliminate the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities.
California AB 1989 allows manufacturers to intentionally hide ingredients
Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) opposes California Assembly Bill 1989. AB 1989 was introduced by Assembly Member Cristina Garcia and requires some ingredients to be listed on the packaging of tampons, pads, menstrual cup and underwear, but also allows manufacturers to hide certain ingredients as confidential business information. Recently, A.164B (authored by Linda B. Rosenthal) was signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, requiring disclosure of intentionally added ingredients. Notably, A.164B bill does not allow manufacturers to hide ingredients from their customers by deeming them to be confidential business information. The New York law passed, setting a precedent that the public has the right to know every ingredient added to menstrual products. We cannot support legislation like AB 1989 that weakens this right.
AB 1989 represents a step backward for ingredient disclosure of menstrual products. Californians deserve to have the same access to information as the public has in New York. If manufacturers are already required to provide this information in New York, they should also be required to provide the same information in California.
2020 marks the 25th anniversary of WVE. Launched in 1995 to take on local issues — pesticide spraying, pollution from a nearby container mill, and stopping a proposed gold mine on Montana’s Blackfoot River — today, we lead tens of thousands of advocates in the U.S. and beyond in campaigns to stop toxic chemicals from being distributed to millions through products made for our homes and bodies. We’ve come a long way, and we thank you for your support and advocacy.
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This spelling of women is more inclusive and grounded in a justice and human rights framework. It welcomes dialogue and makes it clear that while we have the utmost respect for our legacy of being woman centered, we must meet the needs of anyone pushed to the margins and limited by systems of oppression. This is critical to our mission of building healthier communities and is central to the values that launched WVE decades ago. Learn more.
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