Party leaders send women into committee brawl over abortion

by Cristina Marcos and Sarah Ferris  |  published on November 8, 2015

Republicans and Democrats have stacked a new select committee on Planned Parenthood with their fiercest fighters on abortion rights, setting the stage for a major election-year battle.

Unlike every other committee in Congress, the overwhelming majority of lawmakers on the panel are women, with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) serving as chairwoman and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) serving as the ranking Democrat.

“It makes sense to me, since the topic is of particular interest to women,” Schakowsky told The Hill.

The prevalence of women on the committee is almost without precedent in the House.

The only other House committee in history to have a woman serving as chairman and ranking member was the House Select Committee on the Beauty Shop. That panel existed from 1967 to 1977, and oversaw the operations of a salon on Capitol Hill. The panel was later folded into the House Administration Committee.

  • keepyourpower

    Ohhh I see a cat fight coming!

  • YoOleMe

    I suspect we’re about to see the great wisdom, in the 144-year avoidance of the feminine “shades-of-emotional-gray” scourge, induced into the “black or white” clarity of Common Law right or wrong governance-based legislative jurisprudence, via Amendment XIX — if not even that of its repeal! …

  • reagangs

    I’m not sure we are ready for a “cat fight”.

  • jdbixii

    What “makes sense” is that this entire issue centers on the government protection of a woman’s right to be, situationally, arbitrary, no criteria, other than “choice,” being relevant. Woman, as God, is an awesome thought, considering the fact that the only account we have that considers a relationship between the two respecting the subject of choices and the consequences resulting from the alternatives of choice is what perpetuated the human race and the varieties of human experience which necessitated the institution of law. If the lesson is that the problem and consequences of a woman’s choice, or right and freedom to choose, or be arbitrary, are God’s to resolve in the hereafter, then Christians need to get over their objections to the idea that “the wages of sin is death” and people pay for the sin of choice, whether or not they want to. Christians have made a choice to live a different lifestyle. Society pays for the actions and sentences of criminals which are determined to be wrong, by the law. (Why is the choice of the criminal “wrong?”) If people are not responsible for the costs of their own actions, free healthcare for women is the logical answer to the varieties of feminine choices. Based on an “equality of justice” for all, everybody qualifies for free healthcare. Since some means of accounting for transactions between people is necessary, government can just print money, as necessary, to keep the whole economy flowing, the law of supply and demand, being the determining factor respecting the printing of money.
    It may sound ridiculous, but it is a choice.

    • Brother

      Yup, it sounds ridiculous!!!

      • YoOleMe

        … Maybe!!! … and that’s FINAL!!!!

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