If we do not take action, the Hanford Board of Supervisors will vote to close the Reproductive Health Clinic in January 2014. The Reproductive Health Clinic is the only specialty Women's Clinic in Kings County, CA; being the “only one” of anything is a very big deal, but the distinction is especially important here. Kings County is a rural community with a high undocumented population and the third highest teen pregnancy rate in the state of California, which means that there groups of people that are either unable to go to other clinics, or are simply too uncomfortable to do so. Just because a woman isn’t officially a citizen of the US, or just because a sixteen-year-old made a split second mistake, doesn’t mean they should be denied health care, and allowing the RHC to close would be unfair to all of the people who need it.
The reproductive health clinic is a shining example of quality, specialized care for teens requesting confidential pregnancy counseling and/or STD testing, and for uninsured women of all ages who require cervical and breast cancer screenings. For example, 133 cancers have been diagnosed at this clinic since 2002. The number does not seem very large, but the RHC gave 133 women a fighting chance.
Do not take this clinic away from us.