Thirty-five Monroe County non-profits are set to receive a portion of the $120,000 Sophia Travis Community Service Grant.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center are on the list.
Some residents spoke out at a Monroe County Council meeting Tuesday night, saying they don’t think taxpayer money should go toward abortions or organizations that offer them.
Monroe Council and Sophia Travis Grant Program Member Cheryl Munson says the public takes a great interest in the grant’s funding to family planning every year.
Munson says the organizations’ proposals do not request funds for abortions.
“This always causes an uproar and somehow, I believe this detracts from all the other organizations that have need for public support,” she says.
Planned Parenthood says the funds are for long-acting reversible contraceptives, STI testing, and colonoscopy procedures.
All-Options plans to use the money for their diaper supply program.
Funding for these services is set aside into a special fund named the Compassionate Care Fund, Munson says. It does not pay for abortions or the organization’s administrative costs.
Most input against funding the family planning centers at the meeting was polite and constructive, Munson says. Some held signs in the audience.
The organizations approved to receive the most funding for their projects were the Shalom Community Center and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.
Before the Sophia Travis Grant Program was created in 2008, organizations would request for funds from the county government without a uniform process.
Munsen says the fund created a level playing field for organizations requesting help.
“What we have is an incredible need in our community,” Munson says. “There were over $300,000 requested in this year’s grant applications. What the County Council had set aside was only $120,000.”