A North Carolina health department is defending its decision to put up billboards advertising free condoms.
The Swain County Health Department put up two billboards to promote family planning. But it was the advertisement for free condoms that bothered some people.
"Our job is to be able to give them the information to protect and prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancies," Sara Peterson, with the Swain County Health Department, said.
One county commissioner said he is uneasy about the billboard.
"That billboard the week before was advertising a church so the timing and the location of the billboard was unnecessary, I thought," County Commissioner Steve Moon said.
Moon said he likes the idea of teaching abstinence in schools but he understands the public needs to know the alternatives.
The billboards were put up with almost $1,000 in federal funding and will remain for about two months.