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Bera's Wife Slams Birth Control Hearings, Urges Vote For Husband

The House held hearings Thursday on an Obama administration plan to require that health insurance companies provide free contraceptives.

We got an email late last week from Janine Bera, wife of Ami Bera, the Elk Grove doctor and Democrat who's running against U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren in the 3rd Congressional District.

In the message—presumably sent to women on the Bera campaign's email list—Mrs. Bera, who is also a physician, expressed her outrage at the hearings on birth control coverage that unfolded Thursday on Capitol Hill. Republicans and religious leaders are protesting President Obama's plan to require that health insurance companies provide free contraceptives to women. It's an issue affecting most women of childbearing age who enjoy sex but don't plan to have children in the near future—which is to say, a whole lot of women.

Bera was upset that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform convened a panel made up entirely of men.

"I was outraged as a mother of a young woman, to know that our leaders are willing to play politics with my daughter’s health to score a few political points with their party’s most extreme members," Bera wrote. (The full email appears below.)

Bera also offered a solution: Vote for her husband, a "guy who gets it."

While the birth control debate is drawing a lot of attention, we wonder whether women reading the message will buy that electing Ami Bera is the answer.

Here's Bera's email:

Dear Felicia,

When I turned on the news this morning and saw the Congressional panel hearing testimony on birth control coverage, I was outraged.

I was outraged as a woman to see that every single member of the panel was a man. In fact, Republican leaders expressly turned a woman away, claiming she was “not an appropriate witness”.

I was outraged as a mother of a young woman, to know that our leaders are willing to play politics with my daughter’s health to score a few political points with their party’s most extreme members.

I was outraged as a doctor to know that Republican leaders are continuing to put their narrow, radical values ahead of the health and safety of millions of women.

And I am hopeful that we can change American politics for the better this fall with a pro-choice leader who gets it.

But we can’t do it without your help.

If you are as outraged as I am by the picture Republican politicians are painting in Washington, please join me  in supporting my husband, Dr. Ami Bera for Congress. Trust me, he’s one guy who gets it as a doctor, a father, and a pro-choice candidate.

If you believe, as I do, that we can do better – for ourselves, for our children, for our nation – join me as we tell Washington to put politics aside and do what’s right for the health and safety of every woman in this nation.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support,

Dr. Janine Bera  

P.S. Please don’t wait. Congress needs leaders like my husband to stop the assault on women. Click here to contribute today.

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Victor Calderon February 21, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Readers, what do you think of the debate over birth control coverage? And what do you think of the connection Janine Bera makes between this issue and her husband's campaign?
carolyn ladner February 24, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Excellent recap and analysis by Janine Bera. I support her position.
Monica Rivera February 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Ami Bera would be a progressive representative of our district in Washington DC. If you agree that health care is a right for all of us, then vote for Dr. Ami Bera.
Pam Pinkston April 26, 2012 at 09:45 PM
As usual, the liberal ideology twists the story/issue to suit their needs for continual "rage" against republicans. The issue is religious freedom NOT an attack on women's right to birth control! Every woman in America has access to birth control pills and the morning after pills. However, if you choose to work for a religious institution whose tenets prohibit these two medications, then you will have to choose to go to a "Doc in the Box" medical clinic (one on almost every corner in every city) and pay for your appointment. Thereafter, you can go to WalMart and purchase a 90-day supply of birth control pills for $9. How many women do you think this affects? The progressive desire here is to FORCE religious institutions to fall into line with their ideology and forsake their religious tenets. Ami Bera's wife is acting true to radical liberal/progressive form. She has just provided me another solid reason why I would NEVER vote for her husband, as he falls right into her category with his progressive ideas! The progressives DO NOT represent the values of the typical American family. You must stand up NOW to challenge and defeat them, as they are just about to get a super-majority in our capitol because we stood by and did nothing. ARE YOU BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE 10 YEARS AGO? The democrat/progressives have been in the majority in the last 10 years. STAND UP IN 2012 AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!

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