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:
Take a look at this picture of Dr. Allison Dabbs Garrett, the senior vice-president for academic affairs at Oklahoma Christian University. According to the mainstream media, she doesn’t exist. Neither does Dr. Laura Champion, medical director of Calvin College Health Services. See, they testified at a hearing on religious liberty. But since the talking points used by the media are, quite literally, “Where were the women at the religious liberty hearing?”, they can’t acknowledge that they exist.
Surely, Fluke must be aware of this information, but she keeps pretending otherwise. The claim there were no women on that panel may be central to Sandra Fluke's mythology, but that's all it is—a myth.