All day, that question has been in my inbox and on TV. Andrea Mitchell even referred to an “all-male hearing,” as Barbara Boxer rallied her feminist troops to watch. As I have noted, asking that question does require ignoring a Republican congresswoman who was present and questioning witnesses (some women walked out for show, never to see the second panel, which had female members), as well as a doctor from Calvin College and a university administrator from Oklahoma Christian University present.
It also ignores women who have been criticizing the mandate since at least January 20, when HHS made it final. I would fall into that category, as would the many other women who signed that “Unacceptable” protest letter last Friday (after the president’s “accommodation” announcement), organized by Notre Dame law professor Carter Snead. They include: