Saturday, February 18, 2012

Republicans Don't Call Women To Testify At House Contraception Hearing

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) didn’t include one woman to testify in a hearing on the Obama administration’s regulation that employers and insurers provide contraception coverage to employees, which the GOP opposes. Sandra Fluke, whom Issa and fellow Republicans prevented from appearing, wanted to talk about a friend who couldn’t afford her prescription birth control to stop cysts from growing on her ovaries, with potentially dire consequences. Issa said, “As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience...Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.” Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) walked out. Watch as Democrats criticized the proceedings:



Below is a photo of the witness table. As Rep. Maloney asked, "Where are the women?"

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