Garfield Commissioners Raise Big Bucks For Planned Parenthood

Garfield County commissioners Mike Samson, John Martin, and Tom Jankovsky.

Garfield County commissioners Mike Samson, John Martin, and Tom Jankovsky.

As the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent’s John Stroud reports, the decision this week by Garfield County’s Republican commissioners to eliminate a small grant to Planned Parenthood in support of a health center in Glenwood Springs is…well, it’s tough to imagine this response from the community is what they had hoped for:

A grass-roots fundraising campaign has raised more than $13,000 for the Glenwood Springs Planned Parenthood clinic in response to a politically motivated decision by Garfield County commissioners earlier this week to cut a grant to the organization.

Organizer Ashley Johnson of Carbondale indicated on her webpage that the goal of the campaign is now $15,000. If successful, that would be 10 times the amount of the $1,500 county human services grant that was eliminated by commissioners on Monday.

That decision, led by Commissioner Tom Jankovsky over his concerns about what he referred to as “partisan, political” messages being sent out by Planned Parenthood’s political advocacy affiliate in Colorado, prompted significant public reaction on social media after the story broke in the Post Independent.

The grant that was to go to Planned Parenthood’s Glenwood clinic for cancer screening was part of a package of 2016 county human services grants totaling more than $430,000.

Now, some of you might think, and not without justification, that this successful backlash fundraising drive plays into the hands of Planned Parenthood’s opponents–who argue that the organization “doesn’t need” a dime of public funding for cancer screenings or anything else. But the fact is, these grant funds helped Planned Parenthood perform a valuable service to the local community, which is why they have been distributed to the organization for decades. And without this denial by GarCo county commissioners, there would be no controversy to raise funds off of.

For these reasons, the political damage to Garfield County’s Republican commissioners far outweighs any actual harm done to Planned Parenthood. The cornball excuse from GOP commissioner Tom Jankovsky that Planned Parenthood is sending out “partisan” emails, which he then uses to justify doing exactly what those emails say Republicans do, simply protests his own guilt. And once you factor the community rising up and raising ten times the amount of the grant that was eliminated?

Like the entire summer of “Fetuspalooza,” we just don’t see how any of this is helping the GOP.

Unless their goal really is to help Planned Parenthood.


10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Moderatus says:

    You're right. Planned Parenthood doesn't need a dime of tax dollars, and GoFundMe just proved it.

    Thanks, Colorado Pols!

  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    So, Moderatus, what's your opinion these days of the alleged "war on women" by some Republicans? 

  3. Duke Cox says:

    I am becoming more convinced every time I see that photo that those two guys on either side of "Wyatt" are twins…one of whom was switched at birth and raised by a different family…it is uncanny how much they resemble each other, morally and philosophically as well as physically.

  4. debbielynnepaint says:

    I just made a small donation.  The fund is around $18,  The newspaper today was full of letters to the editor who disagree with these crazies.

    • Duke Cox says:

      It is that damned west end of Garco that has always been responsible for putting these intellectually challenged bozos in office. These are are the chosen ones …put in place by the oil and gas industry and the army of motivated rednecks that inhabit west Garco…  that is the sad reality. There are many enlightened voices in eastern Garfield County, but they are just simply losers in the demographic game…. This election cycle may be the best chance people with some sense can get elected around here….

  5. debbielynnepaint says:

    I sure hope you are right Duke. You made me smile with the intellectually challenged bozos description of them.

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