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CNRCC Population Committee Report - Oct. 5, 2013

Our Focus: SPPHEC: Sustainable Planet Population Health Environment Consumption

  1. Closure of Kings County Reproductive Health Clinic

    In Kings County California, the Board of Supervisors voted in August to shut down the publicly funded Hanford Women's Clinic. Supporters of the clinic claimed that not all clinics will replace some of the services that this clinic provides, and also that some people would not feel comfortable going to the alternatives.

    In an effort to create a more proactive strategy to ensure no more closures of clinics that offer integrated reproductive health services and family planning, we have started production of a tri-annual online newsletter on reproductive health, family planning, and sex ed issues and we encourage Chapters and Groups to place a small notice in their newsletters advising members of the availability of this newsletter.

    Suggested wording for this ad: In August - despite the packed hearing room - the Kings County Board of Supervisors voted to close the Hanford Women's Clinic, which offers reproductive health and family planning services in a rural area. Such closures are happening in Texas and Alabama, but we never thought we would see it in California.

    We offer an electronic tri-annual newsletter for California Sierra Club members. The email newsletter covers reproductive health, family planning, and sex ed in Calif., consumption, and sustainability. If you are interested, contact Karen at We promise no more than 6 emails a year.

    SPPHEC-CA - Sustainable Planet: Population, Health, Environment, Consumption - Calif. (Sierra Club)

    See this page and this page from Guttmacher Institute. Publicly funded contraceptive services [in the U.S.] in 2010 helped women prevent 2.2 million unintended pregnancies, which would have resulted in 1.1 million unplanned births and 760,000 abortions. Without these services, national levels of unintended pregnancy, unplanned birth and abortion among all women would be 66% higher and 73% higher among teens. By providing women the contraception they need to avoid pregnancies they don't want, publicly funded contraceptive services yielded $5.68 for every $1 spent.

  2. 2013 Goals

    • Show Mother, Caring for 7 Billion to 90% of chapters Mother has been shown in 9 out of 13 chapters.
    • Help Build Two Chapter Population Committees. We have two Chapter population committees, but only one was formed this year.
    • Get 6 Population/Resource Depletion/Consumption-Related Articles Published Chapter Newsletters So far we have had two articles in chapter newsletters; but there may be more in the Fall.
    • Create Women- and Family-Friendly Language and Promote Its Usage in Population Messaging throughout the Calif. Chapters.
    • "The right to control our body is where the fight for our human rights begins."... Charlotte Bunch

  3. Grassroots Network CNRCC Pop Com team page

  4. Facebook Page

  5. CNRCC Population Slide show

  6. Active Chapters vs InActive Inactive: Loma Prieta, Los Padres, Santa Lucia, Toyabe

  7. Numbers: Listserv: 33 subscribers, Grassroots Network Team: 9 members

  8. Sierra Club’s Updated (August 2013) Population Policy

  9. How California Has Recently Transformed Itself into One Oo the Best States for Women

  10. Why the Global Female Population is More Susceptible to the Effects of Climate Disruption

  11. UN Projections Revised Upwards June 2013. The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by 1 billion over the next 12 years, reach 9.6 billion by 2050, and 10.1 billion by 2100.

  12. California Has a High Rate of Unintended Pregnancy