Congresswomen Walk Out on All-Male Panel Attacking Birth Control
This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on President Obama's policy ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay.
The hearing featured an all-male witness panel that attacked insurance coverage of birth control.
Before the hearing, the committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), refused to let a female law-school student to testify about the importance of birth control.
But let's leave the testimony to the experts--the eight men who want to take away women's contraception-coverage.
To draw attention to this farce of a hearing, several congresswomen on the committee walked out in protest.
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said the hearing was being run "like an autocratic regime."
While women were cut out of the hearing, they did make their presence known outside the committee room. A group of NARAL Pro-Choice America employees joined pro-choice lawmakers for a press conference to highlight Rep. Issa's outrageous behavior in forbidding women from testifying at a hearing on birth control!
Are you appalled by what happened this morning? Let Rep. Issa know: (202) 225-3906 or tweet @DarrellIssa.