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New Hanover Health Dept. looking at other ways to use rejected grant money

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- After all five New Hanover County Commissioners voted against a grant to fund contraceptives for women yesterday, the New Hanover County Health Department is trying again.

Fifty-eight counties in the state are eligible for the family planning funding. The state offered New Hanover County nearly $9,000. The county has until May 31 to decide how to use it, but it's ultimately up to commissioners to accept the money. The state encouraged the Health Department to use the money to provide or intrauterine devices, or IUDs.

After county commissioners unanimously voted to turn down the funding, the Health Department will re-evaluate how to use the money and re-pitch the idea to commissioners.

"As a management team, we'll come back together as a health department and determine what else under that umbrella could we use this funding for that would be a benefit to the Health Department and community," New Hanover County Personal Health Services Manager Carla Turner said.

The Health Department's management team will meet within a week to brainstorm other uses for the funding.

We reached out to Commissioner Rick Catlin and Commission Chairman Ted Davis, who were both very vocal about rejecting the funding yesterday. Neither has returned our calls.

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We are becoming a charity country

Someone must stop this. This is sprialing out of control. Could you imagine if you got a statement that told you where your money actually went? I bet they could not even provide it at this point!

Cars for the carless, homes for the homeless, these are all really nice acts of CHARITY. If people want to contribute to services like this for others they should have the right to do so or not. I am disgusted to think how much tax money is being squandered for services that I have to pay for that I will never see any benefit from.

A rule should be made that the government must reduce itself by 25% each year for 3 years. At the end of 3 years I guarantee we will still be f#$%^& up but at least it will start to put things in perspective. It is udderly out of control. I really want to move to another country...I just haven't figured out which one yet!

Thank You Commissioners

I am sick and tired of my (tax) money being used to provide goods and services to individuals when I, and my family, have to pay "out of pocket" for the same goods and services.

If you, or anyone else, feels led to fund these endeavors I am sure the Health Department will take your check. Why have we strayed away from charity organizations in lieu of "forced charity" through higher taxes?? If our government (local, state and federal) would stop robbing our paychecks to pay for these things people would have more money to fund the charities that are "close to heart".

Wilmington Observer

THEY VOTED THE RIGHT WAY

Why should i pay for someone else to no how babies are born.

They Voted

Common, is this you?

Well said!

You are a shining example of the true embodiment of the Republican Party. Thank you for your comment!

I have the answer

If a woman gets FREE birth control from ANY agency and gets pregnant then SHE WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR WELFARE, FOODSTAMPS OR ANY FREE BENEFITS FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR DELIVERY, HER MEDICAL OR THE BABY'S MEDICAL!!!

Now THAT is taking responsibility!!!

Lack of something

Wow, it never fails to amaze me at how little thought people put into these issues. To just not give a damn about anyone else's education, health, or community as a whole...I can't imagine what is lacking in someone's life to not have the ability to empathize and consider how helping women (especially low-income, uneducated populations) get proper healthcare and education.

ignorant

Education has nothing to do with this. It's about not breeding and bringing children into the world when you can't afford to feed them. It's about the women who keep having children to get more money from the state and government. Are you really that ignorant NOT to understand what's been going on in the freebie programs? Where have you been?

Here's an idea

Put it toward closing the now-every-year budget shortfall by not spending it on anything.