You remember that panel testifying before the House Oversight Committee about contraception? The one that contained no women? Yeah, that panel. (Ranty rant over here.) Well, the House Democrats have put convened a Steering Committee meeting tomorrow morning to hear the (female) reproductive justice activist who was excluded from the original testimony by Chair Darrell “Martin Luther King” Issa.
There’s just one little catch. You won’t get to see this public testimony.
Pelosi aides say the House recording studio has denied a request to broadcast the event, “apparently” at the behest of the Republican-controlled Committee on House Administration.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill pointed to a July 2008 decision in which the committee lifted restrictions on use of the studio.
“If Chairman [Dan] Lungren has reversed this policy, he has done so in secret and not consulted with CHA Democrats,” Hammill said in an email. “This leaves us only to think that the House Republican leadership is acting out yet again to silence women on the topic of women’s health.”
Well, I would have already guessed that, but more evidence never hurts…anyone but the women whose interests aren’t being represented.
This happened at nearly the last minute, but there is still a petition to sign to demand that this be televised. Go add your voice. Then come back and watch some excerpts from Sandra Fluke’s prepared testimony so you know what everyone will likely be missing.
Video via The Maddow Blog.