May 21, 2014

Saline County in Kansas refuses funds after official likens IUDs to abortion

Saline County Commissioner John Price said he doesn’t oppose birth control but considers IUDs an abortion issue: “To me it is murder, and I am not standing for it.”

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 that he opposes the use of intrauterine devices, or IUDs, which the $6,064 grant would fund. Price said he was not against birth control but 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,” 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 from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Salina Journal reported.

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 long-term forms of birth control.

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

Bronson Farmer, the Health Department director, said that 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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