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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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Grand Ole Party
2016 years 1 day ago

No need to wish buttercup, you want to pay my taxes we can make it happen, or are you just running off at the mouth? You pay my taxes and I assure you I will shut up. So what’s it going to be?

Grand Ole Party
2016 years 1 day ago

Well guess what genius, it’s not viagra for war vets. If they want birth control they can purchase it. Health issue my ass!!!! Give it a rest. I am sick of my taxes being used for such ignorant purposes. I doubt a free loading moron like you even votes. Get bent.

2016 years 1 day ago

think public grant funds come from.

They’re not found under cabbage leaves.

They come out of the state funded budget.

So which is more important?

Funding contraception for those who do not want to pay for it?

Or putting the funds into education?

Like to see your answer on that one.

2016 years 1 day ago

My first job out of college was in a social services occupation and unfortunately, the folks who regard entitlements as a career option have a view that’s polar opposite. The more children on their “case,” the more money coming in. SSI alone makes it a nice incentive to have more kids to bring in the bucks. The women who choose to prevent the pregnancy, are likely the ones you want to pass along their genes but won’t.

2016 years 1 day ago

so why not cause anyone who is receiving entitlements, including free or subsidized birth control measures, to forgo all future benefit payments for life if she conceives another drain on the economy after she begins using the device?

Enact that and you will either see an immediate drop in welfare births or a significant drop in welfare entitlement recipients commencing in about 9 months.

Now that would put substance behind a public program.

But go a step further. Require random drug testing for all entitlement recipients. Drop the free cell phone program that costs about $300 million annually country wide… Read more »

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