- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Garfield County is cutting public funding for its local Planned Parenthood clinic, citing what one county commissioner called “partisan emails” from advocates for the group.

Commissioner Tom Jankovsky on Monday persuaded fellow commissioners to cut the $1,500 that the county planned to give to Planned Parenthood’s Glenwood Springs Health Center next year as part of an overall $432,500 package of grants, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported (https://bit.ly/1OkZXKp).

“I receive emails that I find to be very partisan, and very political, and I’m no longer comfortable with this organization,” said Jankovsky, referring to the political action group Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado.

He said Planned Parenthood has done many good things in the county. But he said he couldn’t continue to support funding “because of the politics of it.”

The county has funded Planned Parenthood over the years, and this year the organization got a $2,000 grant. In 2012, the clinic got a $5,000 grant, but funding was cut the following year because of concerns taxpayer dollars could be used to pay for abortions. Funding was restored in 2014 after Planned Parenthood pledged the money would not be used for abortions.

Vicki Coward, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, told the newspaper she was disappointed in the decision and asked that the county reconsider it.

“Our Glenwood Springs Health Center has been the recipient of this grant money in Garfield County for more than 30 years, with the money allocated towards our crucial cervical cancer prevention services,” she said, noting the clinic serves more than 2,500 people.

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Information from: Post Independent, https://www.postindependent.com/

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