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My Choices on Earth Day

April 22, 2013

OrisBellyEarthMost of the time, when I think about threats to someone’s reproductive health, I think about the ability to access services – does the person have health insurance of some kind, can they easily get to a health care provider who is trained and not judgmental, are there local laws that will impact their ability to access birth control, prenatal care, or abortion services.

I don’t usually think about the chemical environment we live in.  I do some green things – I recycle and I try to buy organic.  But chemicals and reproductive health have only the vaguest connection in my mind.

The truth is, every day we eat, drink, breathe, and touch chemicals.  Some of those chemicals can affect our health, fertility, ability to have a healthy pregnancy, raise healthy children, and more.  We know that toxic chemicals affect our hormones, and can cause a litany of health problems, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, learning disabilities, and more.

Want to see more about what I’m talking about, in a simple, animated way?

So, since today is Earth Day, it’s the perfect day to take action.

  • Check out whether your personal care products are safe.
  • Write to your member of Congress.  Tell them you want the FDA to eliminate harmful chemicals from the products women, men, and children put on their bodies every day. (h/t Campaign for Safe Cosmetics)
  • Check out Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national organization working to eliminate toxic chemicals that harm our health.
  • Learn more about why toxic chemicals are a reproductive justice issue here, here, and here.
  • Read up on Planned Parenthood’s Green Choices initiative, working to provide people with the information they need to create a sustainable, healthy world – and be able to have a healthy baby, if and when you want to.  There are even some recipes for safer cleaning products you can easily make at home (personally, I’m thinking the drain cleaner sounds like a fun science experiment for my daughter).

Image h/t Mothers for Sustainable Energy

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