Democrat Congresswomen Walk Out of HHS Mandate Hearing to Protest Omission of Witness Who Wanted to Talk About Something Else Entirely
Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) walked out of a hearing on the First Amendment implications of the HHS birth control/early abortifacient mandate in protest today because Committee Chairman Darrell Issa did not invite a specific female Georgetown University Law student to testify.
To prove it is very important to hear from women, one of the male Democrats read aloud the banished law student's testimony. Here's the gist:
The law student (Law Student A), wanted to tell Law Student B's story, not her own. Law Student B had been told by her doctor to take birth control pills, not for birth control, but to slow the growth of an ovarian cyst.
The health care plan for students at Georgetown Law, a Catholic University,* covers birth control for health reasons. Unfortunately, Law Student B ran into red tape** getting the pharmacy to agree it was covered, so she paid for it herself instead. After three months, Law Student B stopped taking the pills because she couldn't afford them.
The male Congressman made no mention of any effort to resolve the red tape issue during or after those three months.
One day, Law Student B woke up with pain as the cyst had grown to the size of a tennis ball. Doctors removed that ovary. Now Law Student B, age 32, is having hot flashes and other symptoms that indicate that she might be in early menopause which might have been triggered by the removal of one ovary. If she is in menopause she will not be fertile anymore.
This, the male Democrat speaking on behalf of Law Student A who is speaking on behalf of Law Student B implies, is the fault of the health insurance plan, even though it it was willing to pay for the pills.
And one more thing: Law Student A volunteered that Law Student B is gay, and never had any interest in birth control. However, birth control is what the Democrats wanted the hearing to be about (the Republicans said it was about protecting freedom and the First Amendment).
So the female Members of Congress essentially walked out to protest a woman not being invited to tell a story about a friend of hers that had nothing to do with what neither the Democrats nor the Republicans wanted the hearing to focus upon.
* Despite rumors to the contrary, the Catholic Church does not have a moral objection to the use of birth control drugs for medical purposes or to providing health insurance coverage for same.
** If Law Student B didn't like the red tape of a university-based health care plan, just wait until she sees the red tape in the government-run system we're about to have. (Just ask Britain or Canada.)