Gillibrand Joins Outcry Over House Contraception Hearing

kirsten gillibrand wiki2 Gillibrand Joins Outcry Over House Contraception Hearing

Kirsten Gillibrand (Photo: Wikimedia)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is the latest lawmaker to criticize the House for holding a hearing on President Barack Obama’s controversial contraception coverage rule without including any women on the opening panel. In an email sent to supporters today, Ms. Gillibrand said she was “outraged” by the absence of female speakers at the House oversight committee hearing.

“I don’t know about you but I was outraged yesterday when the House held a hearing on birth control, without including a single woman on the opening panel,” she wrote. 

Ms. Gillibrand also included a photo of the hearing showing the all-male panelists.

“Sometimes a picture really says it all,” she wrote.

Her email ended with a request readers sign up to join the Senate Democrats’ “One Million Strong For Women” initiative.

“Women must be heard. Speak out loud and clear. Right now.”

Upper East Side Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney  and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District of Columbia, both walked out of the hearing after asking about the lack of women on the panel. California Congressman Darrell Issa, who chairs the oversight committee, rejected a female Georgetown law student Democrats submitted to be on the panel because he said she was “not found to be appropriate or qualified.” President Obama’s contraception coverage proposal is drawing fierce opposition because it would require religious institutions to give their employees access to insurance plans with birth control and abortion coverage.

Read Ms. Gillibrand’s full e-mail below.

 

Subject: Not A Single Woman

Dear [Supporter],

I don’t know about you but I was outraged yesterday when the House held a hearing on birth control, without including a single woman on the opening panel. Sometimes a picture really says it all.

Women must be heard. Speak out loud and clear. Right now.

Join One Million Strong for Women today – and please pass this along to your friends and family.

Click here to join One Million Strong for Women right now.

Panel
Thanks,

Kirsten

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. ConfusingDemocrats says:

    Democrats sometimes confuse me. The House panel was a committee meeting with religious leaders on the HHS contraception mandate on what it will mean to a free exercise of religion. It was not a hearing for a law student to tell us about her opinions on birth control. Gilly and Maloney can hold this hearing whenever they want. 

  2. ConfusingDemocrats says:

    Democrats sometimes confuse me. The House panel was a committee meeting with religious leaders on the HHS contraception mandate on what it will mean to a free exercise of religion. It was not a hearing for a law student to tell us about her opinions on birth control. Gilly and Maloney can hold this hearing whenever they want. 

  3. Anonymous says:

    Republicans sometimes confuse me!  They want government to leave our businesses alone – don’t tax, don’t control – but have no problem looking to control our personal, very private lives.  This discussion has no place on the floor of the House no matter who is on the panel.  I think we have more pressing issues facing the nation for the house to work on.  Totally out of line.  The Republicans should be ashamed.  

  4. Dimps57 says:

    Being 55yr woman, I lived through the threat of abortion, disapproval of birth control and the many issues associated with them. It is appauling to think that we would have to digress to male dominated theories of how women should live their lives.  I applaud you and all the women representatives that are speaking up to save our rights of Roe vs Wade and the birth control debate.  Keep up the good work!