Almost a month has passed since Congressional Democrats staged what one CBS reporter called, “a pretend hearing while Congress is not in session” so that Ms. Sandra Fluke, a third year Georgetown Law student might give her ‘testimony’. According to most media reports, Ms. Fluke was not permitted to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during its hearing on the birth control mandate, by Chairman Rep Darrell Issa (R-CA) because she is a woman.
This could not be further from the truth. The actual reason that Rep Issa did not allow Ms. Fluke to testify has been entirely overlooked because it does not fit well with the Democrat’s assertion that there is war going on, ‘The Republican war on women”. In order to further is myth, the focus was shifted to the optics, and away from the facts.
The panel of experts, invited by the Republicans on the committee, were all men, oh the horror! Would you look at that?! Those nasty, women-hating Republicans held a hearing on birth control and would not allow a single woman to voice her opinion!
A Google search of “Issa contraception hearing” turns up page after page of headlines like ABC news’ “Rep Darrell Issa Bars Minority Witness, a Woman, on Contraception”.
But that’s not the whole story. Rep. Issa explained to in a Op-Ed published by Roll Call :
“The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently convened the first Congressional hearing on the administration’s mandate that religious employers pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization procedures in their employee health care plans, despite the fact that some of these items and services violate the employers’ core religious teachings.
The committee heard from a Catholic, a Lutheran, a Baptist, a rabbi and university administrators united in their opposition to the administration’s mandate. These men and women spoke eloquently about their concerns, not because they share the same views about contraception or even abortion (they do not) but because they value their religious freedom, guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution.’
In the same Op-Ed, Rep. Issa also addressed the Democrat’s claim that no women were allowed to testify:
“As Democrats asked, “Where are the women?” 20 feet from them, Dr. Allison Garrett from Oklahoma Christian University and Dr. Laura Champion from Calvin College would explain their belief that this was an issue of religious freedom, not contraception.”
It would seem that there really wasn’t a Republican ban on women at the hearing. But why wasn’t Ms. Fluke permitted to testify? A Washington Examiner article by Byron York offers this from a “Republican committee source”:
“After days of asking for a witness, they waited until the last minute, the afternoon before the hearing. They asked us to invite Rev. Barry Lynn [head of Americans United for Separation of Church and State] and Ms. Fluke. We said we’ll invite one, per standard procedure. We formally invited Rev. Lynn, and the Democrats, at 4:30 pm, changed their mind and said they wanted Fluke. We said too late. They told Rev. Lynn not to show up the next day.”
So why not allow Ms. Fluke to testify in Rev. Lynn’s stead? The York continues:
As for Fluke, Issa said Republicans had never heard of the Democrats’ last-minute choice. “I asked our staff what is her background, what has she done,” Issa said at the hearing. “They did the usual that we do when we’re not provided the three days and the forms to 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 and participated in approximately a 45-minute press conference…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 the full committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and if we cannot vet them in a timely fashion.” (Fluke is in fact a 30 year-old law student with an extensive history of activism in leftist causes.)
There is a reason that this side of the story has been grossly under-reported. The Democrat Party and those members of the media who repeat their talking points rather than reporting factually based news, recognize that the President’s approval rating is on the decline. They have gone into full-on survival mode. They understand that their continued grasp on power necessitates the perpetuation of the myth that there is a ‘Republican war on women’.
Even though the ‘Republican war on women’ never actually began, I am declaring officially over as of this very moment.
If you’re interested in watching the second panel of experts that appeared before the Committee, the panel which included female experts Dr. Allison Garrett and Dr. Laura Champion, here it is