Following up on her fiery floor speech supporting women's access to birth control this morning, US Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) went on Andrea Mitchell's show on MSNBC this afternoon to respond to two outrageous Republican actions this week: An all-male, all-anti-contraception panel that testified on birth control coverage in the House, and a statement by Rick Santorum's biggest financial backer to the effect that back in his day, "gals" who didn't want to get pregnant just kept their legs closed.
Saying she felt like she woke up yesterday on the set of "Mad Men," Murray called Santorum backer Foster Friess' comment "insulting to women" if they were a joke, "frightening" if not.
"The policies they are putting forward here are frightening to women and their health care choices," Murray said. "We are not going to be silent. We are taking them on."
As for the house's all-male, all anti-birth control panel on contraception, Murray said, "As a chairman, your responsibility is to make sure that you have voices at the table that reflect the views of the people in this country so that you can take their testimony and make good decisions. When you have an all-male panel and you deny [testimony from] a young woman with personal experience on the issue, that is not fair, it's not what America thinks a democracy is about, and it's insulting to women."
The woman who had hoped to testify, Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke, had hoped to talk about her friend who lost an ovary because her health-care plan didn't cover birth control, which helps prevent ovarian cancer. Fluke told MSNBC yesterday, "I was so stunned when Chairman Issa made the decision to not allow me to speak…and to say that I was not an appropriate witness and that those women’s stories were not appropriate for this committee."