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New Hanover Commissioners to reconsider rejection of family planning grant

This issue has garnered enough attention that I probably don’t have to provide background, but if you want to see a group of misguided County Commissioners attempting to grandstand you can see the video here.

It is clear after explanations were provided that Commissioner Rick Catlin thinks women who want the convenience of an IUD, as opposed to remembering to take a pill, are “irresponsible”. Two other commissioners declare that women should just not be having sex.

The resulting kerfluffle has convinced the commissioners to hold a public hearing, setting aside 15 minutes for the pro contraceptives camp and 15 minutes for the group of folks who think women should be abstinent. It doesn’t seem to matter how many people are at the hearing representing each “side”, if there are two sides here.

The reconsideration is set for April 2, although it would be more appropriate to hold the hearing on April 1.

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