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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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2015 years 11 months ago

I’m not concerned about any part of the female anatomy …I’m concerned about my money and where it is being spent (wasted). And if this Wireless to pass that is exactly what is being done with my money…getting wasted

2015 years 11 months ago

Plus, an IUD can last up to five years. Also, like you said, IUD’s are pretty dummy proof.

2015 years 11 months ago

UNEMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION, CRUMBLING ROADS, etc. are being neglected while all you stupid old men are concerned with women’s vaginas and what is or isn’t in their uteruses! Do your jobs, please! Or we’ll elect someone who will.

You are no better than the Taliban. I am so ashamed of what this country has become.

2015 years 11 months ago

can they use a condom and/or a spermicide? These are actually effective at preventing disease instead of pregnancy which most people don’t consider a disease per se.

2015 years 11 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.

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