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Dallas County Overturns Condom Distribution Ban

Jim Burroway

January 14th, 2009

Dallas County, Texas — yes, that famously conservative Dallas — has voted to overturn a 14-year-old ban on county health care workers distributing free condoms. Republican Maurine Dickey joining Democrats Jim Foster and John Wiley Price, to overturn the ban on a 3-2 Tuesday morning.

Republican Commissioners Kenneth Mayfield and Mike Cantrell, both of whom supported the ban in 1995, voted against overturning it, saying they feared it could lead to condoms being distributed in schools. But Dickey, who wasn’t on the court in 1995, said she was more concerned about the high cost of treating people with HIV/AIDS.

According to a report prepared by the county’s Health and Human Services Department, which recommended overturning the ban, the lifetime cost to treat someone with HIV is more than $600,000. “I think we need to put the taxpayers first,” [Commissioner Maurine] Dickey said. “If we prevent two people from getting AIDS in Dallas County, we will have saved over $1 million of the taxpayers money.

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Nugget texas
January 14th, 2009 | LINK

Dallas actually votes Democratic these days, 60% the past two election cycles…

Jim Burroway
January 14th, 2009 | LINK

That’s quite a change from when I lived there in the ’90s.

Nugget texas
January 15th, 2009 | LINK

Yes. And don’t forget, we re-elected an openly gay Sheriff (lesbian and Hispanic, mind you). It “ain’t” Travis County (Austin), but Dallas County is definitely blue thanks in large part to the urban revitalization of the Uptown area (which is one reason the NY TIMES on Sunday listed Dallas as the ninth most important city to visit–placing it in front of Rome!), and south Dallas, which is historically African American. It’s an interesting mix.

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