Donors Restore Contraception Funds in a Kansas County



April 9, 2012; Source: RH Reality Check

In what reads like another chapter in what some have dubbed the “war on women,” the all-male county commission in Miami County, Kan. recently became the only county in the state to decline Title X funding. As a result of this decision, which passed on a 3-2 vote, many low income women in the area were unable to access affordable contraception. The decision outraged many Miami County citizens, both women and men, and a grassroots effort to restore the funding soon emerged.

That grassroots fundraising effort worked, and a group of women recently presented the county commission with an oversized $9,000 check to make up for the contraception funding that the majority of the county commission had apparently deemed unnecessary. The video of the Miami County women presenting that check to the county commission is worth watching:

The county commission reportedly accepted the check—grudgingly; one observer in attendance quipped to the reproductive health group RH Reality Check, “How could they not?” NPQ lauds those in Miami County who took a stand on behalf of women’s health, but this grassroots effort should not have been necessary in the first place. NPQ would love to hear an explanation from the three county commission members who voted against accepting the Title X funds, as it looks to us like the decision was made, as the speaker in the video above argues, for “reasons tied to no legitimate public policy.” –Mike Keefe-Feldman

  • Zasspa

    Yeah on these folks. Now, if only we had to (basically) hold bake sales to fund wars and oil company tax breaks and so on.

  • el viejo

    The only problem with the voluntary/charity approach to meeting essential public needs is that it only provides the deniers with more ammunition against public funding. Their point is proved: “Why use public funds when ample private giving is available?”

    This is akin to those who say that there is no reason to listen to Warren Buffett or other super-wealthy on establishing equitable tax rates. The retort has been that those who are concerned about paying too little can always make voluntary donations to the IRS.

    This is no way to make public policy. Voluntary giving should never be a substitute for taxes to finance needed public programs.

    What the donors did was right. However, it also proves the right-wing contention that we do not need to spend public funds when there is ample private giving.

  • A. January

    I love this – it’s great! Good for them. Glad that the County Commission accepted the check.