Start counting Pinocchios. Sandra Fluke began her speech at the Democratic National Convention tonight by claiming that there were no women on the congressional panel on religious liberty that she was turned away from testifying at. Here’s what she said:
Some of you may remember that earlier this year, Republicans shut me out of a hearing on contraception. In fact, on that panel, they didn’t hear from a single woman, even though they were debating an issue that affects nearly every woman.
To clarify, the hearing Fluke was turned away from was on religious liberty, not contraception—though obviously the Obamacare insurance mandates forcing religious employers to pay for contraception were a topic of discussion. The alleged injustice of this incident, combined with the efforts of a PR firm connected to the Obama administration, made her a national figure. However, as much as Fluke likes to claim that Republican congressmen were uninterested in a woman’s perspective, this is demonstrably untrue. It has been pointed out ad nausem there were two women on that panel.