December 19, 2012 — The Garfield Board of County Commissioners on Monday voted to remove $5,000 in funding from the local Planned Parenthood clinic in Glenwood Springs, Colo., the Glenwood Springs Post Independent/Aspen Times reports.
The county's Human Services Commission recommended the Planned Parenthood funding as part of more than $430,000 in grants for two dozen local human services organizations in 2013. The board approved all of the recommendations except the Planned Parenthood grant, which it decided to keep in reserve in case other human services requests are made later in the year.
John Martin, chair of the commission, said members took issue with giving the money to a large national organization that has outside financial support. However, several abortion-rights opponents in the past year have objected to the county's support of the clinic, according to the Post Independent/Times.
Rebecca Murray, manager of the clinic, said the news was "disappointing," adding, "We have consistently relied on this funding from the county since 2002 and feel like we have been a trusted community partner for a decade." The $5,000 amounts to 5% of the clinic's $100,000 local fundraising effort, she added.
"The residents of Garfield County will feel the effect of this, including clients in need who rely upon our services the most," Murray said. She noted that none of the county funding goes toward abortion care (Stroud, Glenwood Springs Post Independent/Aspen Times, 12/18).
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