House Republicans organized a hearing this morning on the Obama administration’s policy on access to contraception, and the first panel was made up exclusively of men – each of whom opposes the White House position. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was not amused.
“Five men are testifying on women’s health,” Pelosi said, adding, “Where are the women? Imagine having a panel on women’s health and they don’t have any women on the panel.
“Duh? What is it that men don’t understand about women’s health and how central the issue of family planning is to that? Not just if you’re having families but if you need those kinds of prescription drugs for your general health, which was the testimony they would have heard this morning if they had allowed a woman on the panel. I think the fact that they did not allow a woman on the panel is symbolic of the whole debate as to who is making these decisions about women’s health and who should be covered.”
When Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) warned this week of a Republican “male-a-garchy,” he clearly had a point.
Also note, the witness Democrats asked to participate, before being rejected by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), was law student Sandra Fluke. She was excluded from the hearing, but the testimony Fluke was prepared to deliver has been posted online.