So it only makes sense for them to stick a nice big sign on the door of their fort, and stop all the girls coming in with their girl germs. Ew.
Carolyn Maloney said, before walking out of the committee;
"What I want to know is, where are the women? I look at this panel, and I don't see one single individual representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and need insurance coverage for basic preventive health care services, including family planning. Mr Chairman, I was deeply disturbed that you rejected our request to hear from a woman. A third year student in law school named Sandra Fluke, and I am using this to urge on you, once again, to let Miss Fluke testify, let one woman speak for the panel right now on this all-male panel."
And yet, no women testified. Representative Issa said that;
The minority chose the witness we had not found to be appropriate or qualified. Now, appropriate and qualified is a decision I have to make. I asked our—our staff, what is her background, what has she done. They did the usual that we do when we’re not provided the three days and the forms that go with it: they did a Google search. They looked and found that she was, in fact, and is, a college student who appears to have become energized over this issue. I cannot and will not arbitrarily take a majority or minority witness if they do not have the appropriate credentials both for a hearing at full committee of the USA house of representatives and if you cannot get them at a timely fashion.
They could not find one woman who was qualified or appropriate, or with the appropriate credentials to speak at this hearing.
There is a rush transcript from DemocracyNow on interviewing Sandra Fluke and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton about this issue, including Sandra Fluke's would-be testimony,
I especially wanted to tell the particular stories of some friends of mine, actually, close friends, who have medical needs that require birth control for reasons other than preventing pregnancy. For example, one of them—it’s just a tragedy. She actually—she lost her ovary. It had to be surgically removed because a massive cyst the size of a tennis ball grew on it, because she didn’t have access to contraception to prevent that. She has polycystic ovarian syndrome. And as a result of that, the doctors are very concerned that she’s going into early menopause at the age of 32. And, of course, this will cause complications for her ever trying to conceive a child and puts her at increased risk for heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer. Well, for many of these types of medical conditions, like endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, many other conditions, doctors regularly prescribe contraception to prevent growth of things like cysts or fibroids, and that’s widely medically accepted and is the most appropriate and effective form of treatment.
I just want to clarify the misconception that the only women who are affected by this are young women who are not married. For the law students that I represent, the average age is 27, and many of them are married, and they have no access to contraception, as well. But beyond that, I strongly believe that our government has to legislate for reality, not ideology. So, if we don’t provide contraception coverage and healthcare, that’s not going to stop anyone from having sex, whether they should or should not be. And we really have to take care of women’s healthcare and not worry about policing their moral choices.Well, all I can say to finish this off is that I'm damn happy that I live in a country where the government knows we're all filthy immoral whores that need to make sure we don't have any of those god-forsaken little horrors they call children!
And my personal note: Fuck you formatting. I hate you. Go away.