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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Criticism of the New Hanover County Commission’s vote against accepting a family planning grant has reached the state level, and now the board wants to reconsider.

The request is being put on the next meeting’s agenda. Commissioners say they hope to then be able to make a more informed decision.

Today the ACLU of North Carolina sent a news release criticizing the commissioners’ decision, saying they failed miserably. Commissioners now say they are open to compromise.

“In my opinion we made a colossal mistake,” said Commissioner Jonathan Barfield.

Since commissioners voted Monday against accepting a nearly $9,000 state grant to fund contraceptives for women, the opposition has been loud and clear.

“It was a big mistake the vote that took place,” said Jennifer Rudinger, executive director of the ACLU of North Carolina. “It was very unfortunate. Frankly we called it shameful.”

It seems the message has gotten through to commissioners.

“I’ve heard it clearly. I’m still hearing it in my own house,” Barfield said. “I keep telling my wife, ‘I got it.’ My pastor’s talked with me, my dad’s talked with me and I’ve got it.”

In an email sent Wednesday, chairman Ted Davis requested to have the funding request put on their April 2nd meeting’s agenda along with time for public discussion. Commissioner Rick Catlin, who was very vocal about turning down the money, says he welcomes another chance to talk about it.

“I think it’s incumbent upon us as public officials to hear all the facts and make an informed decision,” Catlin said.

“We hope that they will do the right thing,” Rudinger said. “We hope that they will accept the funding that women need and go forward with this.”

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50 Comments on "Commissioners react to mounting criticism of voting down contraceptive funding; Barfield: a colossal mistake"

2015 years 10 months ago

You’re so perceptive. Yes. That’s exactly what I’m saying. Especially since I myself use one. Dummy proof means you don’t have to think about it. You don’t have to do anything special. It just works.

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m not enthusiastic about paying for someone else’s birth control. However, this solution while not perfect is the lesser of 2 evils. I would much rather pay for the IUD’s which are pretty much dummy proof on the users end, than pay for a child born into the welfare system for at least 18 years. You can say “well they should be responsible for their own birth control or just not have sex”. I agree, but it’s just not realistic.

2015 years 10 months ago

A Colossal Mistake is not demanding that people who want to have intimate relations become responsible. You do not need intimate relations to live. A person’s inability to pay does not give them a right to have other’s pay for their intimate relations. If we really want protect women and men, we would advocate only abstinence or condoms – the ONLY easy to prevent pregnancy, AIDs and STDs!

2015 years 10 months ago

Why would you change when you DID THE RIGHT THING!!!! Please show some backbone and integrity. That’s what leadership is all about, right?

Mr. Dependable
2015 years 10 months ago

Frankly, I can’t think of a better use of my tax dollars. But if you folks in New Hanover don’t want my money, I’m sure my home county will be happy to take it back.


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