• Female Democrats Leave Birth Control Hearing

    Carolyn MaloneySheesh, women. You tell them they can't get insurance coverage for their sexual health, and suddenly they think this whole issue is about women's sexual health. There was a whole hearing on it, covered by my colleague and apocalypse survival buddy Jess, but apparently two lawmakers weren't satisfied

    Two female Democrats walked out of a House oversight committee hearing on the contraceptive coverage rule Thursday morning, accusing Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of manipulating committee rules to block female witnesses from testifying.

    "What I want to know is, where are the women?" asked Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) before walking out. "I look at this panel [of witnesses], and I don't see one single individual representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and need insurance coverage for basic preventive health care services, including family planning."

    Where do they get off? (Foster Friess, I know that expression probably makes you giggle, but stay quiet for a sec.) Anyway, this isn't a women's issue. Just listen to Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, the only female Republican involved in the hearing…

    "I really find it so objectionable that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle would characterize this as something so narrow as being about contraception," she said. "This is a fundamental assault on one’s conscience."

    Exactly. This isn't about birth control; it's about religiously-affiliated institutions' right to deny birth control. Kind of like how the Civil War wasn't about slavery; it was about states' rights to own slaves. Huge difference.

    Maybe what these women should do it start their own religion, centered around the holiness of the pill. People like Buerkle might pay attention then.

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    Tags: Ann Marie Buerkle, Carolyn Maloney, Contraception, Darrell Issa, Democrats, House of Representatives, Republicans, Women's Rights


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