Congressman Issa Claims MLK’s Legacy to Support Fight Against Contraceptives

Congressman Darrell Issa’s so-called hearings on religious freedom concluded with little input from women and the first panel filled solely with men. Our own Jessica Pielko offered up a good recap of yesterday’s sham hearing.

Congressman Issa had to tout the righteousness of the hearing on Twitter afterwards by citing Martin Luther King Jr. In successive tweets, he featured the photo illustration above with the hashtag #thinkfree.

“What is happening today is exactly what Martin Luther King Jr. warned us against here:”

“We heard from religious leaders whose positions might not be popular, like MLK’s position was not so long ago”

“But that is why we have the first amendment: to protect the rights of those in the #minority…like #MLK”

The Congressman would like to claim the hearing aimed to protect religious freedom and not a fight to curb access to women’s health. Dr. King fought many battles in his life: Civil Rights, economic injustice and ending the Vietnam War to name just a few. Trying to deny access to contraceptives was not among them.

In fact, Planned Parenthood honored the Civil Right’s leader with the first ever Margaret Sanger award in Human Rights in May of 1966. His wife, Coretta Scott, accepted the award while delivering his remarks:

“There is no human circumstance more tragic than the persisting existence of a harmful condition for which a remedy is readily available. Unlike plagues of the dark ages or contemporary diseases we do not yet understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and with resources we possess.”

Rev. King also voiced support for birth control on CBS’s Face the Nation in 1965. Yet, Congressman Issa continued to claim religious freedom.

Congressman Issa and fellow Republicans can try to steal Dr. King’s legacy but they do so based upon lies and misinformation.

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Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

no one is against using contraceptive, only why should all American's have to pay for someone to have sex? What happened to personal responsibility? What happened to the male having some responsibility. I remember when the time was that the male could be stuck with paying for the newborn even if he decided to leave the woman.

What happened to America where we are all blamed for a lady getting pregnant instead of the couple that did the creation? There i something wrong with this picture and it is not Rep. Issa

Jackie Agusta
Jackie Agusta5 years ago

Wow, how cool was Dr King? I wish I was that articulate. This guy, Congressman Issa is obviously an idiot, to even think that he could get away with something like this. Shame on him :-(

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago


Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

This is information from our congress about ACORN and everyone should be aware that ACORN is still up to its old tricks of bilking the Voter Registration of American people.

"House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) continues to ask questions about ACORN’s illegal activities and federal funding grants to this supposedly-defunded political organization…and its affiliates.

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee Republican investigation, “found ACORN conspired to defraud the United States by using taxpayer funds for partisan political activities,” wrote Rep. Issa. He requested that officials at various government agencies answer critical questions pertaining to ACORN’s political work, tax filings, and taxpayer money it receives from the Federal Government.

“It is outrageous that ACORN’s partisan political work has earned it access to more Federal taxpayer dollars instead of closer scrutiny into its illegal activities,” said Rep. Issa. “As part of our oversight responsibilities, Republicans on the Oversight Committee intend to ensure that Federal authorities aren’t having the wool pulled over their eyes by ACORN.”

It has been revealed that the supposedly now-defunct ACORN is working with the Eric Holder Department of Justice. Documents prove that the Obama Department of Justice has coordinated various voter projects with an ACORN-connected entity. Rep. Darrell Is

Anton K.
Past Member 5 years ago

Just like watching fox news. Thanks.

Sandi C.
Sandi C5 years ago


antonia maestre
antonia maestre5 years ago

Sure, lets be barefoot and pregnant too...

Shawn A.
Shawn A.5 years ago

How about we just start executing any elected official caught knowingly lying. Because if they are lying to the people, they are not serving the interest of the people. Since they were elected to serve the will and interest of the people they are guilty of treason and should be executed. I know we would have to have a lot of emergency elections to replace all the liars that have gotten elected on their lies and continue feeding everyone even more lies. I am tired of it and we need to let them know that they are only there at our bidding.

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy5 years ago

Republicans try to steal every legacy based upon lies and misinformation.

Michael MacDonald

MLK is turning in his grave!

what utter arrogance.

Where does an utterly racist and bigoted party like the republicans get off trying to use MLK to propagate their lies.