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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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  • Grand Ole Party

    YOU’RE saying that you need someone to explain this to you?

  • Guest611

    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.

  • Guest7966

    your saying that all women that want IUD’s are dummies?

  • Guest7969

    Can you point out to me where its your right to have FREE contraception?…YUP..didn’t think so! YOU proved the “stupid old men” point….that money would be better spent on the IMPORTANT things like unemployment, education and our crumbling roads…

  • Grand Ole Party

    I see that respect that Mammy and Pappy supposedly raised you with shining through buttercup. We are not sheeple unlike yourself. Just because they changed there minds does not mean we will. I have more important things to spend my money on then birth control. Now go find some more grass to graze on boy.

  • WilmMan

    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

  • Also…

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

  • Guestgustd

    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.

  • Guest69985

    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.

  • WilmMan

    The problem is not for the females that can’t take the pill ….the problem is with those that don’t remember to take it. And even if she xant take the pill, she can gwt free condoms. If whoever the female is having sex with, if thay person doesn’t want to wear the condom, then she should be responsible enough to tell him he isn’t getting ant. And no matter what the problem is, my money should not be used for someones pleasure. This whole issue comes down to responsibility. I’m not taking any of the responsibility away from they guy but this is the woman’s body. She needs to take charge of it. Is it jot her decision alone whether she goes thru with a pregnancy? So yes more responsibility should be placed on the female

  • Mike T

    Looks like the geezers are staying on the sidelines now that the commissioners are reconsidering? Where is cupcake common when you need some words of wisdom? These guys remind me of Wake Forest fans, Brilliant, Intellectual, Articulate, and you always know where to find them,In the losers bracket!!

  • Beach Bum

    Reversing your decision is a sign of cowardice, weakness and indecisiveness. Clearly, not the attributes or abilities I want in a civic leader.

    Fact of the matter, birth control is the responsibility of both men and women. Abstinence, regardless of religious preference, is the only true form of birth control. It does not require money from anyone but does require people to be responsible for their actions.

    Anyone can have kids, but that does not make you a parent. And you do not have to be a parent to know the difference between right and wrong. It is not a ridiculous notion or unrealistic for people to be responsible for their own actions.

    The only failure here was the conclusion of some people to honestly believe that someone else should have to foot the bill for someone else careless and irresponible actions, including the ACLU.

    I no longer have faith in the leadership of the ACLU or the County Commissioners if the commissioners honestly entertain a “re-vote” just because it is an election year.


  • SurfCityTom

    of forms of male birth control.

  • stm

    Oh, so to make it okay for tax dollars to be used, you feel women should have to remember to take birth control. You are an idiot too. For various reasons that you probably wouldn’t be able to understand, all women can’t take the pill. I bet if we only had male birth control, you’d change your stupid tune.

  • stm

    So the “All-Male Revue” commission board votes against using the money for birth control measures. Wake up dudes. We’re already providing birth control. I wonder how many other issues these guys have voted on with minimal knowledge that didn’t get a re-vote? And to the idiot who said he doesn’t want to provide birth control to irresponsible women, that is the best oxymoronic statement I’ve heard lately.

  • WilmMan

    That idiot as you called him is completely right. These women are extremely irresponsible. They get free birth control but they are too irresponsible to take them like they should. I shouldn’t have to waste my money b/c they are not responsible enough to take what is already given to them

  • Mr. Dependable

    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.

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

  • WhatHaveWeCometo

    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!

  • Guest611

    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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