Environmental Toxins Threaten Reproductive Health and Justice

Amidst the hard-fought battles to protect and expand access to basic reproductive health care, including abortion care and contraception, we don’t often stop to connect the dots between reproductive health and environmental health. This is due partly to the siloed nature of our two movements, and to the historically defensive nature of work to protect … Continued


There is more disturbing proof that consumer products like lipsticks and lip glosses contain potentially harmful levels of toxic metals including lead, cadmium, aluminum, manganese, and chromium. A scientific review analyzed the potential daily ingestion of lipstick/gloss manufactured by 7 companies based on “average” use (24 milligrams of lipstick/gloss applied a day) and “high” use … Continued

Toxins in Nail Salons: When Environmental and Reproductive Justice Meet

In 1978, tanker trucks loaded with oil, on a mission from the Ward Transformer Company, drove along the roads of rural North Carolina, illegally dumping toxic Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) everywhere they went. PCBs have been linked to endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, and cancer, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rules governing their safe disposal.1 So, all … Continued