FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY JUNE 3, 2011
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In a statement released in Washington, DC today (Friday, June 3) consumer advocate Ralph Nader, responding to growing media coverage and developments in the Atlanta area on the risks posed by water fluoridation, said,
"It’s way overdue for this country to have an extended and open scientific and regulatory debate on fluoridation. There should be no mandatory fluoridation without the approval of people in a public referendum preceded by full and open public debate with disclosures. There is an old Roman law adage that says, ‘What touches all should be decided by all.’"
This statement is being sent to the editors of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. In recent weeks statements calling for a repeal of mandatory fluoridation in Georgia have been made by a number of prominent civil rights leaders including former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, Rev. Gerald Durley, and Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.