Category Archives: Contraception Mandate
During Glenn Beck’s radio broadcast Thursday, David Barton spoke with Pat and Stu about the recent string of attacks on religious freedom perpetuated by the Obama administration. Barton discussed Harry Reid’s tactics to keep the Blunt Conscience Protection Amendment out of the latest legislation, and even made note of the impact Beck fans have had in helping push back these attacks on faith.
According to Barton, the phones on Capitol Hill were “lit up” after Beck launched his “We are all Catholics now” movement on Wednesday, which asked people of all faiths to call their senators and encourage them to vote for the Blunt Conscience Protection Amendment to the transportation bill. That amendment would protect consciousness objectors from being forced to take part in aspects of Obamacare.
In fact, the movement worked so well it forced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to take a different “tactic.”
In short, Harry Reid was able to remove the amendment from the bill so that the senators couldn’t vote on it. How? In a very sly way: since you can’t take specific amendments out of bills in the Senate, Reid jammed the bill full of so many other amendments that the Blunt amendment didn’t “fit,” so to speak.
“He just filled it up with anything he could think of,” Barton explained. “He’s basically taken over all the time, and what it means as a result is that they’re going to have a cloture vote on all of his amendments that have come up … and if they can get 60 votes on Friday then it’s not going to happen, they‘ve killed Blunt’s amendment.”
“I don’t think they can get 60 votes,” Barton added, “… which probably means after Friday, Reid’s plan will go down.”
Watch the interview below:
Barton, who is the Founder and President of WallBuilders – described as a “national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage” — said that conservatives are actually gaining ground in this fight and thus, cannot give up.
According to its site, WallBuilders took its name from the Old Testament writings of Nehemiah, “who led a grassroots movement to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore its strength and honor.”
Democrat Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Norton (D-DC) decided to protest the absence of female witnesses at a hearing over the President’s contraception hearing today by removing two women — themselves — from the room.
The hearing before the Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), evidently angered the two Congresswomen by booking only male witnesses (this included witnesses on the liberal side of the issue). As a result, they decided to leave the room rather than stay and express the feminine viewpoint they apparently thought the hearing was lacking. Politico reports on the odd — and somewhat self-defeating — incident:
“What I want to know is, where are the women?” asked Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) before walking out. “I look at this panel [of witnesses], and I don’t see one single individual representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and need insurance coverage for basic preventive health care services, including family planning.”
Maloney had urged Chairman Issa to accept just one female witness — a Law student at Georgetown University — to testify. They claimed the fact that Georgetown was a Catholic university and this student was being provided care by said university meant that she could be deprived of contraception if not for the administration’s mandate. Issa declined to allow the witness in, claiming she was irrelevant to the hearing, which was not about contraception, but about religious freedom — a subject that a Law student was not qualified to discuss with authority. The women scorned did not react well. Maloney walked out, only to sneak back in later. Norton wasn’t quite so easily silenced:
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) attempted to force a vote on seating Fluke, saying the chairman was breaking committee rules. When he ignored her motion, Norton and Maloney walked out. Maloney later returned. Norton did not.
Norton accused Issa of “pretzel turning of the rules so as to deny us a witness” in a press conference convened in the hallway. She said the hearing was “the kind you expect in an autocratic regime.”
The law student in question — Sandra Fluke — also didn’t go down fighting, claiming a friend of hers had died because of lack of access to contraception, and accusing Issa of silencing the very people with the most authority to talk about the subject.
“I feel that the women this affects are the most qualified to speak on this matter,” Fluke said.