By Stephanie Whiteside / current.com
In the continuing conservative-created controversy over contraception coverage, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform held hearings on the issue. The only problem? The list of witnesses was notably lacking in female voices.
Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) raised objections to the decision by Chairman Daniel Issa (R-Calif.) to bar a female witness chosen by the Democratic minority. Issa claimed that the hearing was about religious freedom, not contraception and that the witness was unqualified.
The Washington Post spoke to proposed witness Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student who planned to speak on the effects that lack of contraceptive coverage has on women's lives:
“I wanted to be able to share their stories,” she says. “My testimony would have been about women who have been affected by their policy, who have medical needs and have suffered dire consequences.. . .The committee did not get to hear real stories I had to share, about actual women who have been dramatically affected by this policy.”
Rep. Maloney expressed her outrage over the list of witnesses last night on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann":
Rep. Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) walked out of the hearings, a move she discussed with Jennifer Granholm on "The War Room."
So, WTF?! Where're the females? In a debate over women's health care and religious freedom, women whose lives are affected by these decisions and female religious leaders aren't being heard.
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