Rep. Carolyn Maloney Slams All-Male Contraception Hearing: “Where Are The Women?” [VIDEO]
1:21 pm, February 16th | by Amy Tennery
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform met today to talk about whether including a contraception for women mandate as part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is a good call.
Fortunately, Congress member Carolyn Maloney was in the house to point out, well, what was obvious to anyone blessed with the ability to see things:
Why are a bunch of dudes making all the decisions about women’s reproductive health?
Or, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi put it more academically:
“I think it’s really curiouser and curiouser that as we get further into this debate, the Republican leadership of this Congress thinks it’s appropriate to have a hearing on the subject of women’s health and can purposely exclude women from the panel… If you need to know more, tune in, I may at some point be moved to explain biology to my colleagues.”
[Insert obligatory Republicans think "biology is a theory" joke here.]
So what did Maloney have to say about the lack of uteri in the contraception hearings, just moments before she walked out of the proceedings with fellow awesome person Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton?
“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 preventative health care services, including family planning.”