War On Women

House Republicans Commit to Keeping Women Down

Last week law student Sandra Fluke was denied the opportunity to speak by Darrell "Witch Hunt" Issa who instead opted for an all-male panel on birth-control. Minority leader Nancy Pelosi is now giving Fluke a chance to speak, but the Committee on House Administration will not allow cameras to cover it.

The Republican-controlled Committee on House Administration has denied a request to broadcast the testimony of Georgetown University Law student Sandra Fluke on the health reform law’s mandated coverage of contraceptives at a Democratic Steering and Policy Committee event. The event was organized by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in a bid to allow Fluke a second opportunity to speak on the issue after the young woman was barred from the all-male panel by Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) at last week’s House Oversight and Govenrment Reform Committee hearing. According to Pelosi’s office, this will be the first event in which the House recording studio has not covered an event.

Darrell Issa claims he did not allow her to speak because his panel was about religious liberty, not birth control. However, denying the right to broadcast Fluke's testimony during an entirely separate panel a week later clearly demonstrates that this was all about keeping women down and had nothing to do with liberty.