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Garfield County shortchanges its women

Dear Editor:

I am very disappointed to learn that the majority of Garfield County commissioners voted to delete Planned Parenthood of Glenwood Springs from next year’s human-services grants. In fact, Planned Parenthood is the only organization recommended by the county’s Human Services Commission that was singled out for deletion.

Rural clinics such as this are small and expensive to run but are critical because they provide basic health services to women the length and breadth of our county. Of these services, only one (medical abortion via pill, not surgery) is controversial, and no county money has been used for this service, which is actually a very small part of the Planned Parenthood program.

County money contributed to Planned Parenthood is used to help women and children stay healthy, something we all want. Most constituents support such services, clearly shown by the regional reaction to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s attempted deletion of Planned Parenthood from its funding list.

I would hope that the commissioners will reconsider and also that their denial will unleash an avalanche of funding from the women who made it very clear in the recent federal election that they demand to be treated with respect.

Sue Edelstein


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