Democrats Hold Contraception Hearing, No Men Testify

Georgetown Law Center student Sandra Fluke finally got to testify before Congress on the impact the 2010 health care law regulation requiring employers and insurers provide contraception coverage to their employees has on her life as a woman and as a Catholic. She testified today before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on women’s health and contraception and was the only witnessed scheduled.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chair of the House Oversight Committee and leader of the now-infamous contraception commission hearings blocked Fluke from testifying at his hearing, choosing instead a panel of five clergymen and no women to testify.

Democrats requested today’s hearing be televised but that request was turned down by the House recording studio. Apparently the House Republicans are being very selective about who the public gets to hear weigh in on the issue of women’s health.

We think women’s voices are crucial in this debate. You can find video of Fluke’s testimony here and excerpted here.

Let’s fight back against the silencing of women and this relentless attack on their basic rights to health care.

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LM Sunshine

interesting article and comments, thank you!

Donna Kellogg
Donna Kellogg3 years ago

KUDOS to Speaker Pelosi for having the balls to convene a hearing in which WOMEN are allowed to testify about WOMEN'S health care issues. Too bad Issa doesn't have any balls!

Vote all the misogynists out come election time!!!!


Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel3 years ago

Lol, look at all the love. Mmm Mmm, just like at home.

Read more:

William and Kat D.
Katie D.3 years ago

The House is Selective on who the Public Hears?? Sure Leave the WOMEN OUT??? If it concerns women it should be women. We pay for their Being there too! Or we Could Just VOTE Them OUT! They all got here by a Woman and They show NO Respect! Feel Sorry for all of their Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Aunts and Grandmothers any other Women they ever have come into Contact With!! NO RESPECT AT ALL

Dent H.
Dent H.3 years ago

Lol, look at all the love. Mmm Mmm, just like at home.

Carmen B.
Carmen B.3 years ago

Is there something in the water in DC that is causing men to go crazy and think they can tell women what to do with their bodies? I think I'll start a petition to have all men castrated that think they are better than women.

KS Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Ryana Rogers
Ryana Rogers3 years ago

so lets pretent one of these gop's get elected and they abn birth control no gays are allowed to get married abortion is now illegal . I knwo scary so then what they wont have antyhing to do! maybe this why they are psuhin git because this is the only thing they know? which is sad because we have MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT! mean while this is going on there is a huge poulation boost. more starvation less jobs the planet is dissapearing cause we have to make room for all these people animals are dyinng cause thier habitat is going bye bye.

But gosh or jolly gee we save a fetus today! and every woman looks and acts like june cleaver! I do like her jsut dont want to be her!

Ellen Emerson
Ellen Emerson3 years ago

Amen to what Sheila D wrote! When men can get pregnant they can discuss birth control. You said it way more eloquently than what I was thinking... "no vagina, no vote" LOL!

Meta R.
Meta Reid3 years ago

The house studio gets to decide? Why not televise any thing requested? Who runs this anyway?? Thank heavens for C-Span.