House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) had a hearing today. As he put it, “…the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience…” The ultimate goal here is to nullify the White House’s birth control mandate that was announced last week, so it most certainly is about reproductive rights.
The photo above is the panel that was allowed to testify to the committee. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) asked that a female witness be included. Issa responded by denying the request saying that the woman was “…not an appropriate witness.” Actually:
The proposed witness in question, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, is a friend of a fellow-student who lost an ovary after being denied contraceptives prescribed as a medical treatment. She is also obviously connected to one of the “religiously-affiliated institutions” that are at the center of the controversy, even according to the opponents of the mandate.
This whole thing is a crock-o-shit if there ever was one. Here it is in very simple terms…Forced ”Religious Freedoms” infringe on my “Personal Freedoms.” Meaning, if a church can dictate what happens to non-believers, then I’m not very free, now am I. And, if I was a woman, I’d be furious that a bunch of no-sex-having men would have the nerve to dictate to me how I should manage my body. If people don’t want to use birth control because of their religious beliefs, fine. That’s their right. Let them Duggar themselves to heavenly bliss. Just leave the rest of us alone to figure our own thing out.