Absence of women at birth-control hearing prompts larger question

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On Thursday, a brouhaha broke out during the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform hearings on the contraceptive coverage rule. Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) walked out of the hearing after questioning why there were no women representatives on the first hearing’s panel of witnesses. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and his staff countered that the hearing was not just about contraception, but religious freedom; that the female Georgetown University law student the Democrats proposed was not “appropriate” or “qualified”; and that the Democrats should have turned in their witness selections earlier in the week. Read more at The Washington Post
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