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    Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'

    Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?' - CNN.com

    "What I want to know is: Where are the women?" Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, said as she began her remarks at the top of hearing titled "Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?"

    Directing her question at Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Maloney was referring to the fact that the first panel of five witnesses at the hearing did not include a woman, even though the discussion touched on the recent controversy over an Obama administration regulation requiring health insurance coverage for contraception.

    What are we only talking about condoms and vasectomies?

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    Re: Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'

    Would they have complained if the male witnesses had advocated for women's rights? Is this just manufactured outrage over an issue that was already pretty damn stupid to start with?
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    Re: Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'

    Well when a hearing is dealing with the rights or benefits of a segment of the population it only makes sense to have witnesses who represent that segment of the population.

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    Re: Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'

    Quote Originally Posted by kenvin View Post
    Well when a hearing is dealing with the rights or benefits of a segment of the population it only makes sense to have witnesses who represent that segment of the population.
    not sure how women are being negatively affected by legislation that gives them access to free birth control, but okay.
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    Re: Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    not sure how women are being negatively affected by legislation that gives them access to free birth control, but okay.
    It doesn't have to be percieved to be affecting them negatively. The only issue is that it affects them. As such it makes sense they should be represented by witnesses.

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    Re: Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'

    Quote Originally Posted by kenvin View Post
    It doesn't have to be percieved to be affecting them negatively. The only issue is that it affects them. As such it makes sense they should be represented by witnesses.
    I don't see any reason why they have to be there if their opinions/needs are represented.
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    Re: Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    I don't see any reason why they have to be there if their opinions/needs are represented.
    How would a woman's opinion be represented by a panel of only men? That is just silly. The issue deals with women so women should be represented.

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    Re: Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'

    Quote Originally Posted by kenvin View Post
    How would a woman's opinion be represented by a panel of only men? That is just silly. The issue deals with women so women should be represented.
    you're seriously implying that men are completely incapable of representing women on a discussion of whether or not the Obama administration overstepped its bounds regarding a new privelege for women? Seems kind of sexist to me.
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    Re: Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'

    Damn straight: where are the women and how do Catholic women feel about this? What is their view of their religious dogma and how they feel about these decisions and this discussion at hand? The only representation I've seen are men on this forum telling me how their Catholic wives feel - heresay.

    Why is it absurd to involve women in a discussion about or reproductive health and related medical coverage?

    If we were talking about prostate cancer wouldn't men want to be represented by other men?

    Of course: when it comes to the Catholic Church the reason why there are no women to talk about this is because the Catholic church doesn't want women to talk about it - we're not given permission to be involved. We are viewed as incompetent and inferior.

    Most certainly - this is drawing attention to the sexism that still thrives in the chruch itself.
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    Re: Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'

    The hearing is about whether or not Obama is offending religion, not women.
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