Saline County commissioners to decide on contraceptive grant money

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SALINA, Kan. -- Saline County commissioners initially rejected a grant for $6,064 from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to be used for IUD contraceptives or intrauterine devices, but their final decision will be postponed until Tuesday.

County Commissioner John Price is one of the three commissioner who rejected the grant money at the meeting two weeks ago. He said, "I cannot go along with it, I'm afraid it is an abortion issue, and that is not my thought, it is from what two different doctors I have talked to have told me." Price then stated that accepting the grant money would be like murder.

IUD's are specifically for women, they are implanted inside the uterus and block the sperm and egg from joining during sex. There is some research that indicates that if an IUD is implanted while a woman is already pregnant, it can cause the fetus to be aborted.

Stacy Blankenship of the Sedgwick County Health Department says that IUD's do not cause abortions and are a good option for some women. "The IUD is an excellent form of birth control, it is one of the most effective methods we have," Blankenship said, "it really has nothing to do with abortion."

The comments and decision of the commissioners upset Patrick Sheetz of Salina and other residents. "A women should have a choice, especially when she is making plans prior to make a child," Sheetz said.

Commissioners will make a decision on whether accepting the grant at their weekly meeting on Tuesday. The county website says that the meetings are open to the public and start at 9 a.m.

More details about the meetings can be found here: Click here

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