Battle continues over funding to buy contraceptives in Saline Co.

SALINA, Kansas – The three man Saline County Board of Commissioners plans to reconsider the state grant that would have paid for contraceptives.

It is a funding battle that has been going on for more than a week after one commissioner compared one form, an IUD, to murder.

“It is murder to take this money from the federal government. It is only $6,000, but to me it’s murder, and I’m not going to stand for it,” said John Price, Salina County Commissioner.

The commission voted unanimously to reject a federal grant to fund the IUD form of birth control for the county health department.

Now, those commissioners find themselves under fire.

“I think their appropriate action is simply to take the check from the KDHE and say thank you very much,” said Randall Hardy, Salina City Commissioner.

Community activist Janice Norlin wants an expanded county commission.

“This is the petition we’re circulating to increase the commission from three to five members.

She says the birth control controversy is just one reason why the expanded commission is needed.

“Women make up 50 percent of the population of Saline County, and I think the commission has an obligation and a duty to show a commitment for women’s health, and they’ve been woefully negligent in this decision,” said Norlin.

KSN contacted Saline County Commissioner John Price for comment and he sent us this.

“If someone wants to use birth control of their choice, that’s fine, but the county doesn’t need to be funding this. I’m not telling people what to do, but I’m not giving my stamp of approval.”

The Saline County Health Department does offer a full array of birth control.

Those options are still available.

As for the IUD, they’re not offering that because it is not being funded.

As for the petition, they need 1,600 signatures, they’ve already got 1,500.

County commissioners revisit the idea coming up Tuesday.

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