Should county government turn down grant money to help pay for family planning?
This has been a hot button issue in our area. On Monday, New Hanover County commissioners unanimously voted to turn down a $9,000 state grant that would help pay for family planning at the county health department.
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On Monday afternoon, commissioner Rick Catlin said people aren't using contraceptives responsibly. Commissioner Chairman Ted Davis said the money shouldn't help pay for those who are having premarital sex.
New Hanover County was one of nearly 60 counties across North Carolina to receive the one-time aid. The NHC health department was planning on using the funds for IUDs, which stands for intrauterine device. It's a form of birth control where a device is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.
The story is getting national attention from Talking Points Memo, and it even cites WECT. Hundreds of people are sharing their opinions.
However, now it seems there's a little mess. Commissioner Jonathan Barfield (and the lone Democrat) is now saying he regrets his vote.
On Facebook, he wrote:
"I'm getting a good lesson from my wife right this minute on the error of my vote," he posted around 7:30 p.m. Monday.
He later posted around 8:15 p.m.: "I just interviewed with WECT as I cited the error of my vote. I don't have the right to choose for any woman. If you watch the tape of the meeting you'll get a better sense of the discussion. Bottom line we should have accepted the money."
Representative Susi Hamilton, also a Democrat, wrote on Facebook: "It sounds to me that Ted Davis and Rick Catlin think that women get pregnant all by themselves." She posted that statement around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Jon and I were discussing the issue, too, during our nightly live chat. We brought up the issue of the role of government and whether county leaders made a good decision in turning down grant money.
3/12/2012 03:24:23 pm
This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever! Would you rather pay a dollar for a device now or pay thousands later for a child that will be taxing our systems financial future. Teens are going to have sex with or without birth control. Anyone who thinks different either has an exceptional child or is deluded.
3/12/2012 07:48:14 pm
Married people use contraceptives too! I live in New Hanover and I will not be voting for these morons!
3/13/2012 12:14:18 am
Is there a way to watch the video from that meeting? I would love to hear the discussion that took place.
3/14/2012 02:01:13 am
Thank you to the New Hanover County Commissionersfor their decision
9/24/2013 10:32:19 pm
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5/12/2014 09:58:33 pm
This is a good issue to make government self to help people and make effort to solve the problems in the regular life.Thanks
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