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Senate Women Challenge GOP On Birth Control [Video]

Senate Women Challenge GOP On Birth Control [Video]

It’s amazing to think that Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and other female Senators launched One Million Strong For Women, a movement to push back on the assault on women’s access to preventive health care services before yesterday’s ridiculous display of male privilege in Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) contraception hearing.

In response to Issa’s hearing, and the chilly reception women received from the Chairman, several women senators including Sen. Gillibrand went to the Senate floor to make it clear this was not acceptable.

Sen. Gillibrand said:

We need more women’s voices in our decisionmaking process. We need more women at the table in government and in business. When women are at the table, they bring a very different perspective to the same problems, a different set of solutions, a different approach. And so I think at the end of the day, the outcomes are better when women’s voices are heard. But just when I thought I couldn’t be any more dumbfounded by the debate around here in terms of denying access to women’s health services, there was a hearing yesterday in the US House of Representatives on the topic of contraception and all of the witnesses were male.

You can watch it here:

Sen. Gillibrand’s consistent leadership on women’s health issues is an excellent example we all can follow until this war on women ends.

 

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6:06AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Religious doctrine has absolutely no place in government and we need to make sure every single politician voted into office does not bring religious ideology with him or her into the public office of the people.
Our forefathers clearly iterated their intent of law by stating very specifically there would be separation of church and state. and yet 215 years later, we are visiting this situation as though it was never specified as the law of the land in our U.S. Constitution. We Americans who believe in the word of our founding fathers shall prevail because we are going to make sure religion is out of politics altogether. It has no place in public policy; period!

5:32AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

I hope you all will vote these people out who try to codify into our laws their so-called religious beliefs. Religion has nothing to do with this issue. It is yet another attempt to keep women from participating in a culture that disparately needs a woman point of view and ability to be logical and reasonable and REAL.

Can the creeps.

And you creeps, it is completely unAmerican for you to try to force your issues onto women. Force is the thing that men always resort to and that is why women need access to contraception. You should all go work in a women's clinic for 6 months and then talk to us again about contraceptives. Of course you won't. So get out of our government. We have separation of church and State and you are on thin ice.

3:51PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

I had been wondering why the Republicans are behaving so strangely. The demographic trends are against them so it's a "make or break" time for them. They're betting the house. If they elect the president, they'll set the country so far back, it will take the Democrats decades to undo the damage, or ever. Check out http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/02/republicans-are-crazy-thats-perfectly-normal . Since they're betting the house, we can win big, or lose big.

8:00PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

"And let’s have a panel consisting of only women make that decision."

While I appreciate the thought, Barbara S., I think I have a better suggestion. Let's not have ANYONE except the woman involved make the decision about contraception.

I am constantly amazed that same Republicans who scream about wanting smaller government want to meddle in the most intimate parts of our lives. As for the smokescreen of "religious freedom" that precipitated the current debacle, I'm sick of that excuse. Believe what you like, but don't try to direct MY life according to YOUR beliefs.

7:39PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

There was some stiff competition, but I believe Bill R. gets to wear the dunce hat today.

3:11PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Noted.

12:35PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

I cannot believe that Birth control is at risk! This is a so-called emancipated society, and we have rights and freedoms which were fought for and won by our sisters back in the 1800's and now some stupid morons are trying to away those rights??? Give me a break! People should have the choice, and women should be able to use contraception if they wish. This planet is, indeed, overpopulated and will not improve if these ass clowns get their way. And, in a catty aside, it's really too bad that Elaine is illiterate, or at least doesn't take time to type her posts properly.

11:37AM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Do these morons have any idea of how drastically this planet is overpopulated?

6:58AM PST on Feb 20, 2012

I don't understand why the American attack on women's contraception is taking place in the first place!

6:51AM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Oh wow Elaine; what a profound statement! Your pea-brain must need a rest after that post. Are you really Elaine or are you a man? Men have no responsibility? It takes two to tango dearie and you obviously don't understand what that means. In fact, men rape, men lie about having been 'fixed', men lie about their marital status, and men run out on their pregnant lovers when they become pregnant by a man who assumes no responsibility.
I find it difficult to believe any woman would make the statement you made in your last post, so therefore, I simply don't believe you are a woman. You have not a clue what the hell you are talking about so zip er up 'Elaine'.

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