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January 2022 BPWNC Newsletter

We hope everyone is now safe with power and warmth

January Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 6 p.m.


If you need help with Zoom, call Susan Rogers, (530) 271-1311

Mark your calendar and keep this email for the Zoom link.

Roe v. Wade, Past, Present and Future

by Sofia Pedroza
Sofia Pedroza is the Glen Sato and Hope Nakamura Legal Fellow at the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. Sofia has focused on building her career around reproductive justice for almost a decade. Prior to joining PPAC, Sofia completed their masters in Sociology at the University of California Irvine, where she studied the sociology of law, culture, and medicine at the intersection of abortion and pregnancy-related care. Sofia then went on to earn their law degree at UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Critical Race Studies.
984 Plaza Drive, Suite S, Grass Valley CA 95945 • 530.891.1911


Despite last year’s challenges of Covid and the unprecedented year of threats to abortion access, Citizens for Choice and the Clinic in Grass Valley have ended the year in a remarkably good place. Due to the hard, sustained work of the board and the constancy of our supporters, we are now on a stable financial footing after huge moving expenses. The Clinic is now fully staffed with a certified nurse midwife and a Clinic manager and will be open Monday through Thursday. The new Clinic Manager, Claire Miller, will be present on Fridays for pregnancy tests.

We are truly making a difference in Nevada County. In spite of monthly expenses over $4000, we continue to thrive. We are assiduously promoting public policies that lead to our vision of universal, affordable access to contraception and abortion for everyone, regardless of income or location. (Surgical abortions are not done at the Clinic. However, medication ones are and can be accessed through Telehealth.)

BPWNC is one of the co-founders of Citizens for Choice (along with AAUW and League of Women Voters) in 1989 and we continue to support access to reproductive health care for all. Thanks to everyone who continues to support the Clinic and its important work. If you are interested in learning more visit

Club Business
Now that we have more home time help get the word out. Please send names and email addresses of your friends and family to Phyllis to join the growing list of friends of BPWNC. They will receive our monthly newsletter which will inform them of all the good stuff happening  with our organization. No need to be living in Nevada County
Thank  you
~ Membership, Deb Armanino 415-786-1160
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Mission Statement
The mission of the Business and Professional Women of Nevada County
is to support and promote equity for women in all aspects of their lives.
~To promote personal and professional development for working women.
~To advocate on National, State, and Local legislative issues of importance
to working women.
~To support the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
~To promote the education of our members and the community in matters of women's equality as it relates to economics, employment, health, education, housing, civil rights, and other issues of equal opportunity.
Interested in joining our dynamic group of women?
Want to take on a lead role in our organization?

We need active members who have time and interest
in being a board member: president, vice president, secretary,
treasurer or program committee.

For only a few hours a month you can guide future endeavors of our great group. Please contact Deb Armanino LeBlanc
415.786.1160 o
r email her at to discuss the great possibilities!
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Shirley Hall - 916.826.8944
 Shirley Zeff - 530.273.3010
Deb Armanino LeBlanc

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