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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Providing contraception for women has been a national topic for months, and now it has sparked debate in New Hanover County.

Commissioners unanimously voted down a state grant that would fund contraceptive supplies and services in the county. Just like the national story, providing contraceptive healthcare to women is anything but one-sided, but commissioners all seemed to have the same mindset.

“I have a fundamental philosophical issue with using tax pay dollars to fund someone’s irresponsibility,” said Commissioner Rick Catlin, who also serves on the county’s health board.

“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, but unfortunately that’s the problem that we have,” Commission Chairman Ted Davis said.

All five commissioners voted to turn down a nearly $9,000 state grant to help fund contraceptive supplies and medical services related to family planning. The decision did not sit well with some.

“I think it’s outrageous that an all male panel have declared women who are taking responsibility for their basic health care, which includes contraception, that that would be irresponsible,” said Melissa Reed, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood.

“They should be trying to legislate to protect women’s health rather than trying to legislate morality,” said Han Hills, a pro-choice advocate and president of Humanists and Free Thinkers of Cape Fear. “That’s not what they’re there for.”

After thinking it through, one commissioner says he regrets his vote.

“I’m one of those abstinence guys, so I agree with those comments,” Commissioner Jonathan Barfield said during Monday’s meeting.

Barfield says he realized his mistake after talking with his wife.

“Her first question was, ‘What were you thinking?’ and we started walking through and talking about this discussion,” Barfield said. “She brought up some very valid points that if someone is seeking contraception, it shows that they are being responsible.”

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103 Comments on "Commissioners vote down family planning grant, Barfield regrets decision"

2015 years 10 months ago

I guess it would work because somehow despite having the same hormones and temptations as everyone else, I managed to be in control of myself and not be some kind of mindless animal. If we are saying that people are so mindless they are completely unable to say no, then how mindful are they going to be to go seek out birth control, use it properly AND use both hormonal birth control AND a barrier device? You would have to have them be mindful of 4 different things when they couldn’t even be trusted to a) say no or b) go to the drugstore and buy a condom.

You know, underage kids will not have common sense and most will drink but I’m not at the Quick Stop standing in the parking lot buying them beer and driving them home to be sure they are safe either.

2015 years 10 months ago

newsflash: if you are on welfare, medicaid, foodstamps, or would qualify for them upon becoming pregnant you already qualify for and have access to free birth control via the health dept and planned parenthood. Your argument makes no sense.

2015 years 10 months ago

bring stupid irrelevance to just about every topic?

How is Nazi Germany, with its programs of forced sterilization of unwanted minorities, concentration camps and genocide, attempted development of the first atomic bombs, and the development of guided missles and jet aircraft in any way relevant to this discussion?

If you’re going down this path, perhaps you should bring in Ghadaffi & Libyia, Idi Amin and Uganda, and Duvallier and Haiti?

Bring something relevant and intelligent to the table.

2015 years 10 months ago

Check…Exactly! You hit the nail on the head. My wife and I work and she has to pay for hers. You should have to pay for yours or keep your panies on.

2015 years 10 months ago

He is saying this “pay your own way.” Contraceptives are not a necessity.


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