Tuesday, March 13, 2012

‪Cutting Off the Nose To Spite The Face‬

That saying seems to have an interesting history. But it applies well to this decision:
Following opinions on public funding of contraceptives, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to turn down a state family planning grant that would cover contraceptive supplies along with other medical services related to family planning.
Commissioner Rick Catlin, who represents the commissioners on the county’s health board, said he also voted against accepting the funds when the item was on the health board’s agenda.
He said he was concerned with answers to questions he asked about the funds.
“The answers that I got were that there were patients that were not being responsible with existing family planning that was being offered and that this would provide a more reliable solution for those people,” Catlin said at Monday afternoon’s commissioners meeting.
He added that he had an issue with “using taxpayer dollars to fund someone’s irresponsibility.”

Mm. Let's set aside the question whether these patients really are irresponsible about family planning. Let's assume that they are. Will this moral decision by the board of commissioners really keep taxpayer dollars from funding the outcomes of any further irresponsibility? Will it stop all irresponsible behavior?

This is cutting off your nose to spite your face. Without contraception the outcome will be children. And if the parents of those children truly are irresponsible then the children will have to be supported by taxpayer dollars.