Friday, February 17, 2012

Here is the woman silenced by Chairman Issa at birth control hearing

Here is the testimony the GOP good ole boys club and the Religious Right good ole bishops club absolutely, positively do NOT want you to hear:

And as for her friend who has polycystic ovarian syndrome and needed the prescription birth control to stop cysts from growing on her ovaries:

"For my friend, and 20% of women in her situation, she never got the insurance company to cover her prescription, despite verification of her illness from her doctor.  Her claim was denied repeatedly on the assumption that she really wanted the birth control to prevent pregnancy.  She’s gay, so clearly polycystic ovarian syndrome was a much more urgent concern than accidental pregnancy.  After months of paying over $100 out of pocket, she just couldn’t afford her medication anymore and had to stop taking it.  I learned about all of this when I walked out of a test and got a message from her that in the middle of her final exam period she’d been in the emergency room all night in excruciating pain.  She wrote, “It was so painful, I woke up thinking I’d been shot.”  Without her taking the birth control, a massive cyst the size of a tennis ball had grown on her ovary.  She had to have surgery to remove her entire ovary.  She’s not here this morning.  She’s in a doctor’s office right now. Since last year’s surgery, she’s been experiencing night sweats, weight gain, and other symptoms of early menopause as a result of the removal of her ovary.  She’s 32 years old.  As she put it: “If my body is indeed in early menopause, no fertility specialist in the world will be able to help me have my own children."
Her friend will also face an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis as a result of being forced to go untreated, but at least our GOP politicians and the so-called religious leaders they'll do anything to protect (especially if it is politically advantageous) will be sleeping well knowing their freedom of religion has not been trampled.

So what's next for our fearless leaders? Why taking on those dirty, icky homos of course!


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