Rep. Issa: Don't shut women out
On February 16, there was a hearing about rescinding the Obama Administration's policy on safe and affordable access to contraception. This new regulation greatly benefits the health and wellbeing of millions of women—and yet, not a SINGLE woman was allowed to participate in the discussion about women’s use of contraceptives.
We aren’t in the 1900s—women have the constitutionally guaranteed right to make decisions about their own bodies. There are respected female medical experts and leaders in different religions. So why is a committee made up of (mostly) men holding a hearing with testimony of all men on an issue that would affect 99% of sexually active women?
We’re having to fight for access to something that is used only by women and is only made for women. So why wasn’t there a single woman present in this hearing?
Tell Rep. Issa – hands off birth control. Allow women to participate in discussions of policies that directly affect their health and wellbeing.
It is absurd that you conducted a hearing on a policy that would only affect women, yet refused to allow a single woman to testify. There are respected female medical experts and leaders of religions who could have participated. Allow women to participate in discussions of policy that would directly affect their health and wellbeing.