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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