Where All the Women At?

Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion crowd are up in arms – again – this time over a congressional hearing concerning the HHS birth control mandate and religious freedom.

Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, released a statement asking, “How can Congress hold a hearing about birth control and not let any women speak?” She accused Congressman Darrell Issa of “holding a congressional hearing to oppose insurance coverage for contraception, yet not allowing a single woman to testify in support of the benefit.”

Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, George Zornick of The Nation, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, and Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi all made similar statements. However, Cecile Richards and the rest owe both their following and those they accused an apology because, “not allowing a single woman to testify” actually means: two women testified but they were opposed to the mandate so they don’t count. Dr. Allison Dabbs Garrett, the senior vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma Christian University, and Dr. Laura Champion, the medical director at Calvin College Health Services, were two of ten witnesses to testify, claiming that the HHS mandate violates their First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion.

Furthermore, under rules established before Republicans regained control of the House, the minority party gets to choose one witness per hearing. The committee’s Democratic members originally chose Barry Lynn, a man. After Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-NY, said he would feel more comfortable with women on the panel, Congressman Issa responded, “I might want to note Rev. Barry Lynn is not a woman. That’s who you requested.”

The minority then changed its mind and asked for Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law student who was expected to testify about a fellow student who was reportedly unable to afford birth control pills. Since the hearing was about religious freedom and not birth control, however, she was deemed an inappropriate witness. Barry Lynn was called but declined to attend because he deemed the call not very “serious.”

So there you have it: more deceit and duplicity from Planned Parenthood all in the name of “women’s health” and “justice.” If Planned Parenthood were really interested in justice why do they feel so compelled to lie and hide the truth? While their supporters might not care or even notice their deception Planned Parenthood only loses credibility to anyone paying attention. I too want social justice and everyone to have access to the healthcare that they need. However, I also respect my fellow Americans too much to blatantly lie to their faces in order to further my own agenda – no matter how good or just I may believe my motives to be.


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