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Democratic Women Boycott House Contraception Hearing After Republicans Prevent Women From Testifying

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This morning, Democrats tore into House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for preventing women from testifying before a hearing examining the Obama administration's new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide-->

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Kit B (276)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 4:22 pm

If this isn't a wake-up call then what will it take? This is NOT about religion this is about healthcare and freedom for women to make decisions about their lives.

Kit B (276)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 4:32 pm

This morning, Democrats tore into House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for preventing women from testifying before a hearing examining the Obama administrationís new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to their employees. Republicans oppose the administrationís rule and have sponsored legislation that would allow employers to limit the availability of birth control to women.

Ranking committee member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) had asked Issa to include a female witness at the hearing, but the Chairman refused, arguing that ďAs the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administrationís actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.Ē
**** Please read full article and watch the short video.

by: Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress | Report |Truthout

Cher C (1429)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 5:05 pm

Thnx for posting sweetie!


Sue H (7)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 5:16 pm
Methinks they have over stepped themselves. A Pox Upon Them.!

Esther Z (94)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 6:57 pm
ďAs the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administrationís actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.Ē
So, I guess Mr. Issa believes that freedom of religion and conscience ONLY applies to men??

I know one good way to put the need for contraception to rest; women(all parties included.) who care about their reproductive rights need to tell their husbands and boyfriends there wont be any nookie in the foreseeable future. Let's see how long it takes for these male voters to get the message and drop this asinine Repug agenda!

Terry King (113)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 9:08 pm
Shame on anyone of either gebder who didn't join the boycott!

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 9:40 pm
What's that old saying about how to handle the women.....keep 'em barefoot and pregnant.

pam w (139)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 9:43 pm
KUDOS to them! Don't these fools realize women are watching?

And remembering?


patricia lasek (317)
Friday February 17, 2012, 7:40 am
Pam, they don't. They think we are inferior beings with no capability for thinking.

Arielle S (313)
Friday February 17, 2012, 7:43 am
No, this is not about religion - it's about power, control, and demeaning women. Any female who votes for one of these clowns needs a brain transplant.

Kit B (276)
Friday February 17, 2012, 11:10 am

Yes, of course this is about power and control, and a suddenly convenient shift in thinking and alliances by the GOP; as it was the GOP over ten years ago that were pushing for this. No one is saying that any person must or should go against their own beliefs or be forced to use a contraceptive they do not want. This simply says that if insurance is provided and covers prescriptions, then female access to those same drugs must be allowed. By the way, all of these same insurance companies already do and have covered, 'boner pills' so let's end the game of this is about religious freedom. Religion is a personal and very private issue, this is about and only about granting women who want the prescriptions for contraception pills or devices be covered under the insurance they are already paying for -- geeesh the debate that never was. Is the GOP really this desperate?

Vallee R (280)
Friday February 17, 2012, 12:32 pm
Anything to keep our minds off of what is happening in this world. Riots, famine, homelessness and not just abroad - in our backyards.

. (0)
Friday February 17, 2012, 1:04 pm
Actually, this issue is about religion. In NJ, if you work in a Catholic run hospital, your health coverage denies you birth control pills.

Ann B (60)
Friday February 17, 2012, 2:37 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing. Women Power. We must all stand together.

Lynn S (235)
Friday February 17, 2012, 2:52 pm
And when one's perceived freedom of religion interferes with another's ability to get legitimate and documented medical care through the use of contraceptives (not to prevent pregnancy), then I believe that the rights of the other have been trampled into the earth. I heard what would have been Sandra Fluke's testimony on the Ed Show --- direct, compelling and emotional. She is doing the right thing. Issa is not. Issa is a Republican stormtrooper. Why a committee on freedom of religion, and yes women's health and contraception because indeed these two do intersect, contains only men, I can only think that the committee, or at least the person who made up the committee, has no respect for women. May he be bannished to an island whose only inhabitants are Amazonian women who don't give a rat's ass about men.

Yvonne White (229)
Friday February 17, 2012, 4:30 pm
More proof that RepubliCONs HATE & Fear Women! AND more proof that we NEED the ERA to regain the 21st Century! Real Healthcare reform is Still needed - Universal-Single-Payer-Medicare-for-ALL would have side-stepped the whole issue of "religion & moral" denial of benefits!

Susanne R (235)
Friday February 17, 2012, 10:28 pm
According to the article, "Issa also dismissed the Democratsí woman witness as a 'college studentí who does not 'have the appropriate credentials' to testify before his committee." She is a woman, she has a uterus and can bear children, and the outcome of the discussions will affect her much more than anyone else who serves on the committee. If those aren't appropriate credentials, than Issa is a bigger ass than he appears to be. I'm very disappointed that Republican women did not join the Democratic women in boycotting the House Contraception Hearing. There isn't a women in this world who should accept being treated like a child who needs to have decisions made for them.

Tim C (2420)
Saturday February 18, 2012, 11:05 am

Maggie S (40)
Saturday February 18, 2012, 12:12 pm
This is not about parties - it is about women's rights! It appears as though the Republican women are either doormats or they just don't want to be identified as protesting. I HOPE THAT THIS WILL NOW BE POLITICAL SUICIDE FOR THE HOUSE REPUGS! If any woman is so stupid as to re-elect or support any of these men, they deserve everything they get - except - the rest of us do not!

Roger Skinner (14)
Saturday February 18, 2012, 12:13 pm
Yes, let's discuss freedom of religion. Actually, in this situation, it is quite appropriate that only men testify before the committee because, after all, it is the men who mostly control and run these "Religions" and it's men who usually determine and pronounce what their particular "Religion" believes in. It's the men who usually interpret the "Holy Books" and let the rest of us know what they really mean and what is and is not allowed.So, I'm not too surprised only men were allowed to appear.

However, freedom of religion has never been an absolute freedom for a religion to do whatever it wanted, especially when it was dealing with other members of society who are not members of their religion. We forced the Mormons to give up their religious belief in polygamy, we prosecute parents whose children died because they didn't seek medical help due to their having a sincere religious belief that prayer would cure them, we have all sorts of laws prohibiting certain religious practices in public institutions like schools, etc, etc.

But, in this case we aren't discussing totally religious institutions that only deal with their own membership, we are talking about BUSINESSES that cater to many non-member clients and have many non-member employees. The basic question is: Who has the greater right? A Religious institution or the individual? I always thought, that while a Religion might tell you what is right or wrong, it was always up to the individual whether to not to follow those dictates.

I wonder, if religious-owned businesses can refuse certain health coverages for their employees, can they then also refuse to accept payment by clients that are from medical plans that include that coverage? After all, wouldn't that be "tainted" money?

It also seems strange to me that we are now hearing this religious freedom argument when many religious-owned businesses already provide such coverage. I wonder what else is in their insurance coverage that might be construed as impinging on their religious freedom?

Tracy G (3)
Saturday February 18, 2012, 2:38 pm
Thx for the article.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 19, 2012, 9:50 am
noted thank you for posting

Kamila A (141)
Sunday February 19, 2012, 12:46 pm
If they want to go back to the 15th century, we should let them go there; but its not going to happen here, in the USA. Let them all go to an island, violently take it over (if their fat butts can manage that) and declare it the State of Insane Men. That's where all the GOP belong. Maybe we should do a fundraiser to get the ship.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 12:21 am
Noted. Thanks.

penny C (83)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 6:35 pm

Vivien Green (153)
Friday February 24, 2012, 12:17 pm
Noted thank you Kit
Well said Camila.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Monday February 27, 2012, 12:24 pm
I'm with you, Camila!
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Yvonne F (181)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:03 pm
Those Republicans, those Republicans!!!! Is there anything good with them????? Thanks for posting this!
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