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NC Rejecting Funds for Family Planning: “If Women Didn’t Have the Sex to Begin With…”

NC Rejecting Funds for Family Planning: “If Women Didn’t Have the Sex to Begin With…”

New Hanover County, N.C. commissioners voted to reject state funds for family planning. The grant would “cover contraceptive supplies along with other medical services related to family planning,” according to the Star News. Thanks to Marta for pointing this story out and allowing me to use the headline.

The county’s health department was awarded $8,899 in family planning funds that would “provide medical services related to family planning including physician’s consultation, examination, prescription, continuing supervision, laboratory examination and contraceptive supplies,” according to a budget amendment item included in documents for Monday’s commissioners meeting. The county was not required to match the state grant.

The board, comprise of five men, tried to out do each other with their reasoning to reject the critical funds.

Commissioner Rick Caitlin said it was “using taxpayer dollars to fund someone’s irresponsibility.”

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield said he was “one of those abstinence guys.”

The chair of the board, Ted Davis, could not be shown up by his fellow board members. “If these young women are being responsible and didn’t have the sex to begin with, we wouldn’t have this problem to begin with.”

Evidently Mr. Davis thinks women are having sex with each other and need these family planning resources. He lays 100 percent of the blame at women but the men walk away with none of the responsibility.

They unanimously reject less than $9,000 in state funds because they are apparently against women having sex or being able to utilize medical services. But they are willing to consider spending $10 million in taxpayer money to renovate a building that has been closed for two years.

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9:21AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Always the double standard. Men never have any hand in conception, unless they want to

3:28PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Life is about choices, to each their own.
Maybe they'll vote for chastity belts. JEEZ...

11:46AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

I find it kind of frustrating when women start coming up with all these other health related reasons as to why they use birth control. They are all perfectly acceptable and legitimate reasons to use birth control... but it's sad when women feel the need to explain themselves. Like if they're using it purely for sex and to prevent pregnancy then there's a wee bit of shame attached to it..and in some places, A LOT of shame.

Why can't anyone say "Hell yeah I use it for sex, what of it?!"

2:39AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

And what about the young men who are having sex with these same women? Why are women always blamed for the sex, when men are the ones in control of it? And I'd also like to know, how did these women get pregnant, if there aren't any men involved with the sex part of it? They didn't get themselves pregnant, and well, I sure didn't do it... So maybe we should stop covering viagra as well. It's a double- double standard.

8:26PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

horrible!

10:28PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

NO man has any right whatsoever to tell any woman what she can and can't do with HER body and certainly not the gvernment! I use the pill not for cntraception but for other reasons. Here are a few other reasons that a woman might use contaceptions such as the pill: To keep her skin clearer, to make her periods less painfull, to keep her periods shorter and with less flow, to lessen the risk for breast, cervical and ovarian cancer, to stay more regular, to keep her mood more level, to lessen the symptoms of PMS, PMDD and endometriosis, etc. NOW...have I mentioned anything about sex?!

6:44PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Five MEN making decisions that concern women? Doesn't make sense. And I don't believe this Jonathan guy, abstinence my ass. Probably just trying to convince the public they're making the right decision. Don't forget, it takes two to make a baby. It's not just the woman's fault.

6:59PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Yeah -- the 1850s!

12:50PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Why do I feel like we have regressed to the 1950's?

4:53AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

WOMEN, UNITE. Give them what they want. Stop having sex. See how fast they stop all talk of not funding contraception. What an oxy-moron.

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