Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'
February 16th, 2012
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Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'

Washington (CNN) - A pair of female Democratic lawmakers had a simple question Thursday about a controversial hearing on Capitol Hill.

"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?"


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  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Maloney went on to tell Issa that she was "deeply disturbed"
    Yes, we know. If she wasn't, she'd know the hearing was not about contraception since it is already widely available in every corner of this country. She should not be allowed to blow smoke and change the subject, a favorite tactic of the left.

    February 16, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Elected republican men are better suited to taking that 'wide stance' in airport bathrooms.

    February 16, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |

    They haven't trampled on freedom of religion, however, they are governing and keeping the concerns of the church in thought. But I as well will like to know why there aren't any women on the panel. That's almost like Bush putting "Browney" in charge of FEMA.

    February 16, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Dave

    Thiis is one of the examples of these ridiculiousy incredibly smart people in this current administation. They knew this was a setup for Woman gettin furious at this therefore the woman vote in 12. Think about it!!!

    February 16, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. diridi

    Are you crazy? It is so irrelevant to say separation of religion and state. This passage of Law does not hamper with these two. Well, the intention of the law needs to be taken into consideration. In a simple sense, if a religious zealotry wants to use the contraceptives they can use and use this law as their tool, if not let them not use it and file insurance. simple as that. Why making the big deal, when the law is crafted to have good intention, and passed in good-faith. Do you understand the law. I am glad this law passed despite long overdue. Stop pellmell in the lobby.

    February 16, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Dave

    LIke a chess game 4 steps ahead of the stupid GOP!!!

    February 16, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Patriot Awesome

    Is me or does it seem like the GOP is doing their best to lose the 2012 election?

    February 16, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    Unproductive Republicans congress drama

    February 16, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Tea Party Dem

    what happens if HHS secretary is a conservative?

    February 16, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. A True Centrist

    I'm confused...these Reps wanted a person to testify about a situation another person they knew had gone through? Could they not find anyone to testify about a firsthand experience?

    Can someone go to Congress and testify about a friend of a friend of a friend?

    February 16, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Pat

    The religious right has done a fantastic job of championing the "religious rights" of the Catholic Church, while completely trampling on the rights of their employees. For any employer to deny its employees the same basic healthcare opportunities mandated to the rest of the country because of its religious beliefs is violating the religious freedom of the employee. No employer gets to make deeply personal and moral decisions for the people it hires.No one is forcing contraception on anyone – only guaranteeing that anyone who wants it has access to it. Far from violating anyone's religious beliefs, the administration's position guarantees equal freedom for all.

    February 16, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. A True Centrist

    Either way, this is a sideshow. Why would a religious organization be forced to offer something that is completely against what they stand for. There are tons of organizations willing to give out contraception, birth control etc., so go to those organizations!

    What is the issue here?

    February 16, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. GI Joe.

    I agree - the republican men are trying sooooo hard to lose in 2012.

    February 16, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. 100% ETHIO

    We had angry/Angle birds last time. And..........

    February 16, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. WiredweirdinSF

    We know they are not out defending Sarah Palin or any other Republican woman when some dope addled, freeloading Obama supporter demeans or defames them or attack their young children. There is no outrage from democrat liberals about that.

    February 16, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Jules

    The only people talking should be the women. Unless the Catholic Church wants to ban condoms and vasectomies, they should be quiet, too. Oh – maybe they arleady ban vasectomies and we just never hear about it because it is men involved. The Catholic Church and Rick Santorum think that no woman should be using any kind of birth control other than the rhythm method. Santoum says he is the Richie Cunningham of the election – in more ways than one – he would like to take us back to those yesteryears.

    February 16, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. wgf

    Where are the women ? Back in 1961, as far as the GOP is concerned. They'll be here once they build a time machine.

    Catholic hospitals are Employers, not Religous Organizations. Like any employer, they are already subject to all sorts of regulations that they might find distasteful, if not outright offensive. I know. I'm an employer. The only way one can argue that one's religious freedom's have been limited by the Obama plan, is by arguing that corporations are people - that the Catholic hospital itself is a person.

    I know there some Republicans who are confused about this, but only people are people.

    February 16, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Mikey

    Laws in 28 states have similar requirements. Has this been a big deal before? Why now? I submit the following:

    1. The Obama haters will seize on anything to criticize him.
    2. It's an election year.
    3. The GOP is very worried that the improving economy will prove their planned economic arguments invalid, so it's on to the Culture Wars.

    February 16, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    All I know is this, the Republicans are taking the red meat, hook, line and sinker. Let them run on all the social issues that their cold, little hearts desire. Americans still want to know what their jobs plan is besides defeat Pres. Obama.

    February 16, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Hall for Obama

    Some one is going to be very supprise this year I guess someone should know women vote to right now, we don't know how much longer but we must work together and get all the males who what to control women body out of office. Lady when you vote please think about who what to prober your body and vote their behind out.

    February 16, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Mikey

    @Truth – It is you and your frends that changed the subject in the first place. Theproposed rule was about access to contraception by employees at non-church employers. It was the Catholic Bishops and assorted rightwintgnuts that blew it up into an assault on the church, even though laws in 28 states already require the same thing.

    So, I guess you don't want anyone changing your changed subject.

    February 16, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Sue

    When will the republican men stand up for the women of the 21st century!! It is outrageous that they are wasting time in congress on a discussion of birth control. This is not about religious freedom. Who buys these arguments anyway? What a waste of taxpayer money. Ugh!!

    February 16, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    More proof the GOBP deathcult is anti-women and prone to fearmongering based on no facts. And for you raving rightwing extremists, get something clear: When a religious group engages in commerce, it is subject to the laws that apply. There is NO religious exemption, though you nutjobs are certainly working hard to create one.

    February 16, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. darren

    This was not about contraception at all. No one and no state is trying to outlaw contraceptives. This hearing was about if Obama had the right to force churches to pay to provide free contraceptives against their teachings. There are many sources of cheap or free contraceptives for women now. Why not free blood pressure pills, or free cholesterol pills? Because this was about satisfying liberals in an election year.

    February 16, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. Debbie

    Soooo not voting Republican this year.

    February 16, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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