House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed Republicans for holding a nearly all-male hearing Thursday about the White House’s birth-control mandate while Democratic women on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staged a walk-out.
While a second panel on the issue of the mandate and religious freedom included two women, both opposed to a mandate in the healthcare law requiring birth control to be included in insurance plans, it was images of the first all-male panel that spread like wildfire through Twitter and liberal blogs.
Democrats quickly pounced.
“Imagine they’re having a panel on women’s health, and they don’t have any women on the panel – duh!” Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. “What is it that men don’t understand about women’s health and how central the issue of family planning is to that?”
The committee chairman’s office was quick to strike back, saying Pelosi “is either ill informed or arrogantly dismissive of women who don’t share her views.”
“Today’s hearing does in fact include two women, Dr. Allison Garrett of Oklahoma Christian University and Dr. Laura Champion of Calvin College Health Services,” a spokeswomen for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Becca Watkins, said in an email, referring to the two witnesses opposed to the administration mandate.
The [WH] shift was enough to win over some Catholic groups, but many Republicans and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have protested the new rule as one that continues to violate religious freedom.
Democrats, however, think the White House shift will make the debate more about contraception than religious freedom.
Thursday’s hearing was titled “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama adminsitration trampled on freedom of religion and freedom of conscience?”
But it quickly became a debate over birth control, and who should be at the forefront of teh debate. Democrats were ready for a public relations blitz when the all-male Oversight panel on Thursday began. The Democratic women on the panel walked out of a hearing on the contraception policy after Issa refused to allow testimony from Sandra Flake, a Georgetown University law student who supports the administration’s policy.
“Where are the women?” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement. “How can Congress hold a hearing about birth control and not let any women speak?”
Democrats used the hearing to crystallize their argument that the contraception debate is fundamentally about women’s health — not about religious freedom, as Republicans and Catholic leaders have framed it.
“If you need to know more, tune in,” Pelosi said. “I may at some point be moved to explain biology to my colleagues.”
But hopefully nothing related to the brain, because clearly you aren’t using yours, hon.
Don’t you love the way these witches deliberately lie in order to manipulate The Faithful? As Issa clearly noted, there WERE two women on the panel – but they were women opposed to the HHS mandate, so in the eyes of elite feministas like Pelosi, Richards, and others, they are not “real women” and thus could hardly be “representative” of women across America because they don’t agree with liberal “feminists” on the issue of birth control trumping religious freedoms as guaranteed by the US Constitution.
And speaking of, you have to give it to these Democrat women on one thing: They’re openly against religious freedom and are not shy about expressing it. Even if they had been shy about it, today’s shenanigans would have outed them like nothing else as being proponents of burning any part of the Constitution they believe conflicts with their “right” to terminate a developing unborn life. This is evidenced especially by the fact that they wanted to change the subject of Issa’s panel on religious freedom to the topic of a “woman’s right to birth control.” It’s the same thing they do on the issue of abortion itself: They never want to talk about the stages of development for an unborn child; in fact, they don’t want to talk about the fact there is an unborn child at all. Their MO is to try to frame it as a “women’s rights” issue because they know if the central focus of the debate was on the child itself, they would never win on this issue.
Funny how “women’s rights” trump “religious rights”, eh? This would be insanely funny if not for the fact that these “womyn” were absolutely serious. Those of you who think we ought to focus more on fiscal issues and leave the social issues for another day should always, always remember this.