A county in Kansas has rejected a state grant for contraceptives, after a county commissioner opposed the grant because he incorrectly considers intrauterine devices (IUDs) to be an abortifacient.
Commissioners voted 3 to 0 to reject the grant.
“I am not going to stand before my God, and he is going to point his finger and say, ‘You aborted those kids,” Saline County Commissioner John Price said during a meeting Tuesday, according to an Associated Press report. “I think it is murder to take this [grant money]. To me it is murder, and I am not standing for it.”
IUDs and other forms of contraception prevent pregnancy from occurring, and therefore cannot cause an abortion, as the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists explains here.
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Price’s remarks comes just a few months after another Saline county commissioner, Jim Gile, was highly criticized for using a racial slur.
The state grant, worth $6,064 from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, would have provided long-acting, reversible contraceptives for county health department clients. Jeanette Peroli, a nurse practitioner with the Saline County Health Department, told the Salina Journal that there is a list of patients who are interested in receiving IUDs from the department.
Peroli said she had provided Price with information on why IUDs are not abortifacients but that Price was unconvinced.
“If they were to convince me, these doctors, I would feel different,” Price said. “I studied this real hard. I just feel it’s wrong. You can’t change my thoughts.”