Washington, DC. House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) stood by his decision to prevent Georgetown law student, Sandra Fluke, from testifying at his hearing on the Obama administration’s new birth control rule yesterday, telling Fox News host Greta Van Susteren that Fluke's testimony was not relevant.
"We had a carefully hand-picked panel of experts on women's issues, including a fundamentalist minister, a priest and a rabbi. I can't imagine anything being more fair than that. The fact that all of them oppose birth control simply shows that the majority of Americans are in agreement. Adding Ms. Fluke to the mix would not have been helpful, and might have scarred her emotionally. Besides, this was a political and religious hearing, not the Oprah show.
"Look, when women are cooking dinner or ironing or scrubbing the floor or changing the babies' diapers or satisfying their husbands' sexual needs, do they want a bunch of men commenting on their work? Of course not! They have a natural talent for these things, just as we men have a natural talent for deciding what's best for them and making sure they do it."
"But Mr. Issa, would it have really hurt to let the young woman give her testimony?"
"Greta, it was just a Fluke."
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