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The Woman Rep. Issa Didn't Want You to Hear From

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Kristin Koch is the deputy director of communications for online advocacy strategies for NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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Yesterday's congressional hearing on contraception, where not one woman was allowed to talk about the importance of birth control, sparked outrage. And eight of the ten anti-choice witnesses were men.

Who is the woman the committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), refused to let testify?

Let us introduce you to Sandra Fluke, who recorded this video:

It's, in a word, amazing. It shows pure courage to stand up for what's right and a determination to not allow members of Congress to bully or intimidate women.

Anti-contraception members of Congress didn't silence Sandra Fluke - don't let them silence you. We expect the U.S. Senate to vote on the Blunt amendment when they return from their recess next week. Help us stop this extreme attack on women's contraceptive coverage.

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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.

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Rep. Issa: What Do Women Know about Birth Control?

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Anti-choice lawmakers' war on contraception has just gone from over the top to over the top-er.

This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is holding a hearing on President Obama's policy ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay.

The hearing will feature 10 witnesses--eight of whom are men; none of them is testifying in support of contraceptive coverage.

The committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), refused to let a female law-school student testify about the importance of birth control.

I guess women who use birth control just don't know as much about it as men who are against it.

If you think this is ridiculous/outrageous/appalling, let Rep. Issa know: (202) 225-3906 or tweet @DarrellIssa.

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