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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council approved a plan Wednesday to add fluoride to Portland's water, meaning Oregon's biggest city is no longer the largest holdout in the U.S. The ordinance calls for city water to be fluoridated by March 2014. Dental experts say fluoride is effective in fighting cavities. Opponents of public fluoridation say it's unsafe and violates an individual's right to consent to medication. "Reasonable people can disagree, but the science is on the side of fluoridation," Mayor Sam Adams said after the unanimous vote. Opponents also say council members rushed into action without a public vote. They plan to collect almost 20,000 signatures in the next 30 days to force a referendum early next year — before the mineral is added to a water supply that serves about 900,000 people in Portland and a few suburbs. "There is no question that we are going to need a lot of financial and volunteer support to make this happen, but we are seeing a major backlash to how the City Council has handled this," said Kim Kaminski, executive director of Oregon Citizens for Safe Drinking Water.
Originally posted by jeantherapy
reply to post by Katharos62191
Thanks, and I agree. I don't understand why people aren't offended on a deep moral level by the addition of chemicals to their vital drinking water? Even if you accept for a moment that your teeth need this chemical, ok - get it your own damn self, you don't have to poison everybody to get it.
Originally posted by Deezi
reply to post by tpsreporter
I've drank tons of tap water ran through a Brita filter, until recently I read on a information sheet inside the Brita filter box. "we also provide a healthy amount of fluoride in our filters"