Female Pols Walk Out on Birth-Control Hearing
Carolyn Maloney, Eleanor Norton Holmes ask, Where are the women?
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2012 1:40 PM CST
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., right, speaks on Capitol Hill in this June file photo.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Two female lawmakers made a point today on Capitol Hill: In a debate concerning birth control, let some women talk. Carolyn Maloney and Eleanor Holmes Norton, both Democrats, walked out of Darrell Issa's hearing on contraceptive coverage because all five witnesses were men, including a Catholic bishop, reports Politico. "What I want to know is, where are the women?" asked Maloney. "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."

Democrats asked Issa to allow a female law student from Georgetown to speak, noting that Sandra Fluke was already in the audience. Issa, however, responded that the hearing's focus was on religious liberty, not contraception, and that Fluke was therefore unqualified, notes ABC News. The only female Republican on the panel backed him up. "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," said Ann Marie Buerkle. "This is a fundamental assault on one’s conscience."

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Feb 17, 2012 5:35 PM CST
So...where are the religious right(wrong) on viagra...surely it should only be prescribe to married men for the purpose of procreation....how could they allow their insurance providers to elsewise?
Feb 16, 2012 7:06 PM CST
get the men out of women's health care. it is disgusting. unconscionable to have a panel of men discussing health issues of women. and unacceptable. men discussing birth control. makes me throw up in my mouth. what about the male issue of viagra coverage by health care? what about Vasectomies? that's a birth control issue. where is the outrage on the right from that procedure? look you dumb antiquated males get out of my and all of the women of america health and body issues. my body. myself. you have no right. no right to dictate to my body, my health nor my choice.
Feb 16, 2012 7:03 PM CST
Cut off their Viagra, cut off their access to pussy and they will come to terms. Women have the power to do that and all they have to do is exercise it.