From the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:
“Where are the women? That’s what we were all asking about yesterday’s House Oversight Committee hearing where Republicans had the gall to convene a panel on birth control coverage with five men and no women.
It’s absolutely insane.
That’s why I am joining Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in her call to gather 200,000 signatures on our petition demanding that women have a seat at the table on women’s health care issues. Over 175,000 of you have signed since just last night – will you join the tens of thousands of others who are standing up for women by signing now?
Join the call — women must have a seat at the table when discussing women’s issues. Sign the petition now »
This is not an isolated incident. Yesterday, one of Rick Santorum’s top supporters actually said this:
“Back in my day, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”
This disgusting comment is just another reminder of why women must be a part of the conversation about our own health care.
We want to send a clear message to Speaker Boehner, Eric Cantor, Chairman Issa and to all House Republicans that we won’t stand for this before they leave the Capitol this weekend.
Sign the petition:
Thank you for standing up for what’s right. Together we will win in November and stop the Republicans’ War on Women.
DCCC Political Director”
 And this is one from EMILY’s List:
“Rep. Carolyn Maloney said it best: “Where are the women?”
Yesterday morning, an all-male panel of religious leaders testified in front of a Congressional committee about birth control coverage. That’s right, only men — who are not doctors, by the way — were allowed to testify by the GOP leadership about critical women’s health coverage. No women.
It’s absolutely outrageous. The all-male GOP leadership is calling on all-male religious leaders to decide whether birth control should be fully covered by insurance plans. We cannot let this happen. We cannot stand by while Far Right Republicans once again try to send us back to the Dark Ages.
Stand with EMILY’s List now and tell the GOP that women’s health decisions should be made by women — not by anti-choice, anti-women men.
After pleading with the committee chairman to hear from a female witness, the Democratic women on the committee — all of them EMILY’s List women — literally stood up for us and walked out. These are the women who will always have our backs, but we desperately need more of them — and that’s what we’re working to do every day at EMILY’s List.
It’s time to stand up — right now — and say that you will not watch quietly while anti-choice, anti-woman legislators and religious leaders work to dismantle everything we’ve achieved.
Add your voice now! Tell the GOP that women should be the only ones in charge of women’s health.
We have to fight. Right now. Let’s do it.
Thank you for all you do.
All the best,
Amy K. Dacey
 From the Feminist Majority Foundation:
“We have a fight on our hands to protect women’s health. We need your immediate help.
We are asking you to stand with us in supporting President Obama’s announced HHS rule under the Affordable Care Act to provide women dependents contraceptive coverage without co-pays or deductibles, without extra cost, and without opt-in or opt-out clauses.
Women who work at religiously-affiliated institutions, such as hospitals, universities, or social service agencies that object to providing birth control coverage, will also receive this preventive benefit directly from insurance companies and, therefore, will receive this benefit like women at other worksites. What’s more, college or university students at religiously-affiliated institutions will too.
Let’s face it. Insurance companies can do this because prevention is less expensive than child birth or, for that matter, is less costly than the progression of the illnesses that 25% of contraceptives are prescribed to prevent or treat.
This Obama has received the support of women’s rights organizations and the Catholic Health Association, which represents some 600 Catholic hospitals and it’s leader Sister Carol Keehan, DC, who provided key support in the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Catholics United and Network, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby founded by Catholic Nuns.
Yet the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, who were opposed to the ACA, came out strongly against the Obama accommodation. The Bishops support the so-called “Respect for the Rights of Conscience Act,” which allows any employer or insurance company to deny any health service they object to on moral or religious grounds.
The fight has now moved to Congress. We need you to email Congress now.
Strengthen the resolve of Congress members to vote NO on proposals that are hostile to the needs of women’s health. We must have a strong NO vote. Congressional members must hear a vast outcry. It is 2012. Women must decide, not their bosses nor school administrators.
Senator Blunt (R-MO) and 35 co-sponsors (all Republicans and one Democrat) have introduced the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. Senator Marco Rubio (R- FL) has introduced - with 22 co-sponsors - the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012” which also amends the Affordable Care Act and allows “an individual or entity on the basis of a religiously based decision” to deny contraceptive or sterilization coverage.
Let Congress hear your outrage and thank President Obama for his commitment to women’s preventive health care including contraception. We must stop any discrimination against women in health insurance.
 From UltraViolet:
“Over the weekend, Speaker Boehner doubled down on his commitment to undoing Obama’s decision to require insurance companies to cover birth control—now he wants any employer to be able to deny any preventive care at all, including mammograms.1
Calls are flooding into Congress from right-wing opponents of birth control to support Boehner’s position.
It’s really important that every member of Congress hears from all of us too.
Can you call your Representatives today and let them know that you oppose any efforts to repeal Obama’s birth control mandate? Make sure they know that you believe all women have a right to affordable birth control and preventive care.
After you call, please let us know how it went so we can track our progress together. Just click here:
Boehner made the Republican position clear: More than any other issue facing Congress, Republican leaders are committed to making women’s lives harder.
There are some encouraging signs from members of both parties in Congress. Last week pro-choice Republicans began to challenge their leadership’s attacks on the mandate.2 And just this week Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins publicly endorsed Obama’s decision.3
But the right-wing attacks are not stopping. On Monday, Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL) even went so far as to suggest that Obama’s birth control decision could cause veterans to become homeless.4 And on Sunday, a Reverend in San Francisco compared the church’s opposition to Obama’s rule their “Rosa Parks moment,” while vowing to keep up the fight against it.5
Since Friday, over 72,000 of us have signed the petition telling Congress not to overturn Obama’s birth control decision. The response has been truly amazing.
Now it’s time to turn it up a notch.
Congress is hearing from opponents and it’s time they hear all of our voices loud and clear too. Please call today.
—Nita and Shaunna, UltraViolet
1. “GOP Ups the Ante, Introduces Legislation to Allow Any Employer to Deny Any Preventive Health Service,” ThinkProgress, February 10, 2012
2. “Pro-Choice GOP Warns Party That Contraception Fight Will Be A Disaster,” Talking Points Memo, February 8, 2012
3. “Republican Women Senators Breaking Ranks With Party, Come Out In Favor Of Obama Contraception Rule,” ThinkProgress, Feb 13, 2012
4. “Obama Birth Control Rule will Hurt Homeless Veterans, GOP Congressman Says,” Huffington Post, February 13, 2012
5. “The Catholic Church’s “Rosa Parks Moment,” The New Republic, February 13, 2012”