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April 22nd, 2009

“A Cleaner, Greener Planet,” a blog post from Aparna Krishnaswamy and Elizabeth Arndorfer’s blog at RH RealityCheck, says it all:

Earth Day never used to be a day when reproductive health organizations were particularly busy. But on this April 22nd, 2009, things are looking very different.

Reproductive health, rights and justice organizations across the country are doing extraordinary things to improve the health and lives of women and men by fighting for a greener, cleaner planet. Consider the following:

The California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative is sponsoring a research meeting in Oakland, California to improve the health and safety of salon workers exposed to chemicals that may harm their reproductive health and fertility.

In the Pajaro Valley of California, Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte is organizing a community-based collaborative for farm workers and their families who are exposed to pesticides that may be contributing to high rates of miscarriage, infertility and early puberty.

The Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP), the D.C.-based organization where we work, is advocating for passage of the Kid Safe Chemicals Act - the first real effort to regulate chemicals in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England recently launched a new website and is hosting a myriad of green events (Where is my Recycled Prom Dress?…)

It may seem surprising that reproductive health and justice organizations are spending time and resources on these “environmental” issues. But with evidence mounting that chemicals in our everyday environment - from the food we eat, to cleaners we use - are having an impact on our reproductive health, such efforts are vital. As pro-choice individuals and organizations who believe in enabling people to decide when the time is right (and when it is not) to have children, these environmental efforts are not just nice “add-ons” but a fundamental part of our mission.

Read the full post here.

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