Stroller brigade descends on Washington

(Photo: Kevin Poh/flickr)

A vocal group of mothers converged on the nation's capitol on Tuesday from across their country, bonded by their concerns for their children's safety.

As part of the so-called "Stroller Brigade," mothers like Hanna Pingree took their message to Capitol Hill to lobby for more scrutiny of chemicals in baby products.

The group rallied in support of Sen. Frank Lautenberg's (D-N.J.) Safe Chemicals Act, which would overhaul what many call antiquated laws governing toxic chemicals.

"The more I find out about chemicals in products that I buy for my child, the more angry I get," Pingree said.

Lautenberg said that the current regulations allow too many untested chemicals onto the market. A comprehensive chemical act hasn't been passed by Congress in more than 30 years. Supporters say that the time has come for stricter laws.

"Why should parents be left to wonder if the chemicals used in their bottles, pacifiers and cribs are safe?" Lautenberg said. "The status quo is dangerous and unacceptable.

Chesapeake, Va. resident Lisa Allen brought her two boys to D.C. and was stunned when she heard the nursing pillow she used contained potentially dangerous chemicals.

"I feel like I'm a pretty informed mom," Allen said. "I make informed decisions, but there's still not enough information out there."

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