Saline County rejects KDHE grant

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) - The Saline County Commission has rejected a state 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 said he was not against birth control but that he considers IUDs an abortion issue.

“I am not going to stand before my God, and he is going to point his finger and say, ‘You aborted those kids,’” Price said Tuesday.

“I think it is murder to take this from the federal government,” he said. “It’s only $6,064. To me it is murder, and I am not standing for it.”

The commission approved Price’s motion against accepting the money, The Salina Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1oRUy0b ).

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. She also said she has a list of patients interested in the long-term forms of birth control.

“I would like you to accept that grant for the constituents,” she said.

Bronson Farmer, health department director, said before the devices are inserted patients are given a pregnancy test. He also said IUD users don’t have to remember to take a pill daily or to abstain.

“People who are using these are really taking a responsible approach,” Farmer said.

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Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com

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