Garfield County commissioners in Colorado have revoked a $1,500 grant that would have gone to Planned Parenthood’s Glenwood Springs Health Center next year.
“Our human services grant recipients are not supposed to be political,” Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said, but “I receive emails that I find to be very partisan, and very political, and I’m no longer comfortable with this organization.”
He further noted that he believes women have multiple alternatives to Planned Parenthood for health care. Residents of Garfield County (and elsewhere in the nation) can find community health centers and federally qualified health centers in their area by visiting GetYourCare.org.
Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains CEO Vicki Cowart ignored the multiple other health centers designed to serve low-income women in Garfield County, responding with a statement that “we are discouraged to hear from a longtime funding partner that they will no longer support care for the patients who depend on us.”
The $1,500 Planned Parenthood grant was relatively small compared to other human services grants the county is funding, including $42,000 for Mountain Valley Developmental Services, $40,000 for YouthZone, and $30,500 for the Advocate Safehouse Project.