Don’t just take my word for it, read all about it at Mick Arran’s Dispatch from the Trenches :
Sanctity of life, indeed!
The Class War: The EPA Rats Out Kids
In the late 90’s the EPA was working on a series of regulations to control pesticides used to kill rats—rodenticides. People—some adults but mostly kids, all of them poor—had been injesting rat poisons accidentally. A number had died. Clinton’s EPA thought that the most powerful poisons should be regulated, reserved strictly for industrial use; at the time they could be bought over the counter by anyone and used at home and nothing on the label suggested just how dangerous they were.
Then in 2000 the Supreme Court appointed Bush instead of allowing the recount in Florida that would have meant a Gore victory, and suddenly things changed. The EPA backed off the idea of regulation in the face of industry objections, and the rate of reported cases of rodenticide poisoning shot up to 60,000 by 2003, most of them kids, and most from poor families.