Trump’s Global Gag Rule Endangers Women’s Lives

March 10, 2017

by Catherine Porter, JD On January 25, by signing an executive order reinstating the Global Gag Rule (GGR), President Donald Trump and his administration declared war on women’s bodies around the world as well on a doctor’s duty to provide information to patients on the full range of treatment options in certain medical situations. Trump’s…

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The 2016 Legislative Session and the State Ballot: There is Some Good News!

December 2, 2016

The 2016 California state legislative session came to a close on November 30.  SF Bay Area PSR supported approximately 22 bills to protect human health and environment (see list below) that ranged from “No coal in Oakland” through reduction of climate change emissions,  and stronger firearms and ammunition controls to reduce gun injuries and deaths. Senator…

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Can’t Afford to be Healthy: What the Most Recent Census Data says about Poverty in California and What That Means for the Health of Many Californians

September 29, 2016

By Catherine A. Porter, JD SF Bay Area PSR has long recognized, and worked against, the interconnected ways that poverty, environmental degradation, unsustainable agricultural practices and social injustice combine to damage our health and the health of our neighbors. The need for such work has never been clearer. New census figures released this month show…

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SF Bay Area PSR joins rally in Sacramento calling for Better Protection of School Children from Harmful Pesticides

July 30, 2016

by Catherine Porter, JD San Francisco Bay Area PSR joined farming community members and other health advocates in a rally outside the headquarters of the California Environmental Protection (CalEPA) and the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) organized by the coalition Californians for Pesticide Reform. We gathered to demand the release of long-awaited new protections for…

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SF Bay Area PSR Furthers Legislator Education in Sacramento

March 28, 2016

On March 9, Dr. Bob Gould, San Francisco Bay Area PSR’s president, and Catherine Porter, policy consultant, walked the halls of the state Capitol and visited offices to educate legislators and staff on SF PSR’s work in furthering policies that advance human health and the health of the environment. Topics ranged from global warming through gun…

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Women in the beauty industry and their doctors are being short-changed on their right–to-know.

February 1, 2016

By Catherine Porter, JD On a daily basis, for long hours, women who work in nail and hair salons handle a multitude of chemicals that can harm their health.  Nail care professionals handle solvents, glues, polishes and other beauty care products containing chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, allergies, respiratory, neurological and reproductive harm….

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Progress in Paris, but So Far To Go

December 31, 2015

Like many of you, we at SF Bay Area PSR eagerly awaited the announcements of agreement at the latest climate change talks in Paris. We knew that representatives of PSR were there and would be working for the most substantive agreement possible. When the agreement was finally announced, it became clear that some positive steps…

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The Power of Acceptance and Peace, with an Eye toward Syria

December 31, 2015

One of the hallmark values of Physicians for Social Responsibility is that, as health care providers, we take our values of health and healing, and apply them globally. We look at the planet, at our air, water and soil, and work to make it vibrant. We look at our nation’s policies, and work to make…

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