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Featured front and center were an all-male panel of witnesses from the Catholic church, the Lutheran Church, a Jewish Rabbi, and a Southern Baptist ethics professor, among others, all of whom seemed to object to being required to pay for contraceptives.  Each man present said they felt that the requirement went too far and trampled on their religious beliefs.

If I were the Committee Chair, this would have been a VERY SHORT hearing:

Gentlemen, by a show of hands, please indicate if you have suffered from:

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?   (no)

Endometriosis? (no)

Amenorrhea (no)

Have you ever suffered from the pain & discomfort of Heavy Menstrual Cramps? (didn’t think so)

What about PMS from HELL? (no)

Gentlemen, you are not qualified witnesses.  Please kindly show yourselves out.


Female Democrats on Thursday walked out of a House GOP committee hearing on contraceptive coverage after the only female witness requested to speak during the first of two hearings was rejected by the committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).

Reports from inside the hearing noted that some of the female Democrats left the room, and one member, Rep. Holmes Norton (D-DC), called the committee an “autocratic regime.”

Huffington Post reported:

Democrats say they tried to invite another witness — a young woman — to testify, but were blocked by Republicans.

Issa said at the hearing that he rejected the Democrats’ female witness, Sandra Fluke, because, as a Georgetown University law student who “appears to have become energized over this issue,” she was “not appropriate or qualified.” He said that in lieu of allowing her to speak at the hearing, he instructed his staff to post a video online of Fluke speaking at a previous press conference.

“I think this is a shameful exercise,” Connolly said, accusing the witnesses of “willingly” participating in political “demagogery” in an election year.

And, for the record, Contraceptives are not just for preventing ‘unwanted’ pregnancies:

What kinds of medical conditions can be helped with birth control pills?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): is a hormonal imbalance which causes irregular menstrual periods, acne, and excess hair growth. Birth control pills work by lowering certain hormone levels to regulate menstrual periods. When hormone levels are decreased to normal, acne and hair growth often improve.

Endometriosis: Most girls with endometriosis have cramps or pelvic pain during their menstrual cycle. Birth control pills are often prescribed to treat endometriosis and work by temporarily preventing periods. When hormonal treatment is prescribed continuously, young women will rarely have periods, or not at all. Since periods can cause pain for young women with endometriosis, stopping periods will usually improve cramps and pelvic pain.

Lack of periods (“amenorrhea”) from low weight, stress, excessive exercise, or damage to the ovaries from radiation or chemotherapy: With any of these conditions, the hormone “estrogen” is not made in normal amounts by the body. Birth control pills may be prescribed to replace estrogen, which helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. For girls whose menstrual periods are irregular (too few – or not at all), birth control pills can help to regulate the menstrual cycle to every 28 days and provide the body with normal amounts of estrogen. Normal estrogen levels are important for healthy bones.

Menstrual Cramps: When over-the-counter medications don’t help with severe cramps, birth control pills may be the solution because they prevent ovulation and lighten periods.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Symptoms of PMS such as mood swings, breast soreness, and bloating, along with acne can occur up to 2 weeks before a young women’s period. Birth control pills may be prescribed to stop ovulation and keep hormone levels balanced. Symptoms may improve, particularly when oral contraceptive pills are prescribed continuously.

Heavy Menstrual Periods: Birth control pills can reduce the amount and length of menstrual bleeding.

Acne: For moderate to severe acne, which over-the-counter and prescription medications haven’t cured, birth control pills may be prescribed. The hormones in the Pill can help stop acne from forming. Be patient though, since it takes several months for birth control pills to work.

Other Medical Benefits:

Because there is less menstrual bleeding when taking birth control pills, you are less likely to get anemia (low number of red blood cells, which carry oxygen from the lungs to the tissues). Birth control pills lower your chance of getting endometrial (lining of the uterus) cancer, ovarian cancer, and ovarian cysts.

Suffice it to say that if any of the men pictured above, or any man on the planet had to endure any of the painful side effects of the above-mentioned disorders/diseases, we would NOT BE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION!


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  • Doug Marquardt

    I've been watching this story today and, I have to say, today's conservatives are the biggest bunch of dumb-asses I've ever seen in U.S. politics. How politically tone-deaf can they be??? How can they possibly think American women are going to stand for this shit??? How the hell can these old, white men think they have the right to make decisions for women?!!

    My GREATEST HOPE is that they continue this Santorum, anti-women agenda all the way to the November election. PLEASE make it just that easy for Obama to say, "The Republican nominee is on record saying he will allow states to ban women's birth control." please, please, please …

  • Doug Marquardt

    Btw: Did anyone ask these so called-religious leaders if their buddies used condoms when they were raping thousands of children over the past decades? Where's that question on birth control for the "panel of experts"?