Cape Fear Watchdog$: New Hanover Commissioners choose not to accept family planning funds

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By SHANNAN BOWEN
Copyright StarNews 2012
Reprinted with permission

Following opinions on public funding of contraceptives, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to turn down a state family planning grant that would cover contraceptive supplies along with other medical services related to family planning.

Commissioner Rick Catlin, who represents the commissioners on the county’s health board, said he also voted against accepting the funds when the item was on the health board’s agenda.

He said he was concerned with answers to questions he asked about the funds.

“The answers that I got were that there were patients that were not being responsible with existing family planning that was being offered and that this would provide a more reliable solution for those people,” Catlin said at Monday afternoon’s commissioners meeting.

He added that he had an issue with “using taxpayer dollars to fund someone’s irresponsibility.”

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.

Chairman Ted Davis said he thought it was a sad day when “taxpayers are asked to pay money to buy contraceptives” for women having sex without planning responsibly.

“If these young women were responsible people and didn’t have the sex to begin with, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” Davis said.

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield said he was “one of those abstinence guys” and agreed with Davis’ comment.

No one made a motion to accept the funds. Instead, Catlin made a motion not to accept the funds.

Catlin said during the discussion that his views had nothing to do with discussions about contraceptives on the national level, which have included whether religious institutions should be required to offer birth control coverage.

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3 responses to “Cape Fear Watchdog$: New Hanover Commissioners choose not to accept family planning funds

  1. Please ask these individuals if they had sex before marriage or if being “one of those abstinence guys” is just for poor folks. If these moralizing Republicans hate abortion so vociferously, why don’t they support preventing the need for them? Hypocrisy has no bounds!

  2. Um, with whom do you think women are having sex? MEN. If there is, indeed, irresponsibility, let’s spread it evenly.

    What about married couples who simply cannot afford another child, or for that matter, decent health care. What these men fail to note is that this grant (which would not have to be matched) would have provided much more than just contraception. It would have provided screening for cancer and other health problems. That is something that “abstinence” does not prevent. Well, for that matter, abstinence does NOT prevent pregnancy.

    Just look at the statistics: “A recent study of four abstinence education programs, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., found that the programs had no effect on the sexual abstinence of youth.[8] A recent Congressional review found that 80% of the most popular abstinence-only curricula contain false or misleading information about reproductive health.[9] Studies have also determined that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs actually increase risks of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections by discouraging contraceptive use. 8.” Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs,” by Christopher Trenholm, Barbara Devaney, Ken Forston, Lisa Quay, Justin Wheeler, and Melissa Clark
    9. The Content of Federally Funded Abstinence-Only Education Programs prepared for Rep. Henry Waxman, United States House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform, December 2004, page i.
    http://www.communityactionkit.net/index.cfm?pageId=901 (Myths about the effectiveness of Abstinence-only programs)

  3. Can’t get past the part where women’s promiscuity—and not also men’s—is targeted here. It takes two to tango when creating a baby.

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