We thought Obama's compromise on religious organizations and birth control would quiet the ridiculous few who haven't caught up with the fact that ALMOST EVERY WOMAN USES SOME TYPE OF BIRTH CONTROL IN HER LIFETIME.
We were wrong.
Rather than let the issue drop and move on to, oh I don't know, MORE IMPORTANT THINGS, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Regulation assembled a panel this morning to beat this horse to death.
Up for debate at the hearing: Whether or not the new rule violates religious liberties.
On the panel: Five men. Yup, a conversation about the intersection of contraceptive policy and religious liberty, and no female representative among the "experts" who testified.
Understandably, this pissed some people off, including other legislators on the committee.
Republican chairman Darrell Issa, of California, explained why he didn't have to add a female to the panel: "As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke [the female college student that had been put forth as a potential addition to the panel] is not an appropriate witness.”
Democratic female lawmakers walked out of the hearing.
But my question is, why does it matter what the hearing is about? If you're gathering eight experts to talk about anything, be it religious liberty, biotechnology, or economic policy, shouldn't there be some attempt at gender equity? Aren't there female religious leaders who have opinions about Obama's birth control rule and how it affects their congregations? In this day and age, at a Congressional hearing, we shouldn't ever see pictures like this one. It's insulting.