UPDATE: Saline County to reconsider contraceptives grant rejection

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) — The Saline County Commission says it will reconsider its decision to reject a state grant for contraceptives that one commissioner likened to murder.

The commission's new decision came after they endured strong criticism Tuesday for voting last week to reject a $6,064 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for intrauterine devices, or IUDs.

The Salina Journal reports that in a study session after the public hearing, the commissioners agreed to study the issue further and take another vote next Tuesday.

Commissioners voted unanimously last week to reject the grant after Commissioner John Price said the IUDs could cause an abortion.

During the public hearing Tuesday, two physicians told the commission that IUDs prevent pregnancies, rather than ending a pregnancy that has already begun.


Previous story - May 21, 2014:

The Saline County Commission has rejected a grant for contraceptives after a commissioner likened intrauterine devices to murder.

Commissioner John Price said during a meeting Tuesday he opposes the use of intrauterine devices, or IUDs, which the $6,064 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment would fund. Price says he's not against birth control but that he considers IUDs an abortion issue.

He said he thinks it's "murder" to take the money.

Jeanette Peroli, nurse practitioner with the Saline County Health Department, said she gave Price information that IUDs are contraceptives and do not abort a pregnancy.

The Salina Journal reports the commission approved Price's motion against accepting the money.


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