By Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - The Saline County Commission plans to reconsider a vote rejecting a state birth control grant after a doctor explained how the long-acting reversible contraceptive works.

The commission voted unanimously last week to reject the $6,064 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that would fund IUDs, or intrauterine devices. That vote came after Commissioner John Price called IUDs “murder,” because he said they could cause an abortion, The Salina Journal reported ( ).

Price said last week two doctors advised him that if a woman is pregnant when the IUD is inserted, it could abort the fetus. Price also said a hormonal version of the IUD prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the wall of the uterus, which he also considers a form of abortion.

During a public hearing Tuesday, Dr. Rob Freelove, CEO of Salina Family Healthcare, told the commissioners that IUDs prevent pregnancies, rather than ending pregnancies. He also said there processes in place to make sure a woman isn’t pregnant before the IUD is inserted.

“That will eliminate that concern,” he said. “It does rely on the person you are putting it in being honest in answering questions. IUDs are effective in contraception; probably one of the best, right behind abstinence.”

Freelove said the grant allows the health department to offer the service at a reduced cost.

In a study session after the public hearing, Bronson Farmer, director of the Saline County Health Department, told the commission that when a woman is breastfeeding, the same hormone used in the IUD is released, preventing a fertilized egg from implanting.

“If you say these (IUDs) cause abortion, you are saying that breastfeeding causes abortion,” Farmer said.

The commissioners agreed to study the issue further and take another vote on the grant at a later meeting.


Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal,

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