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Pelosi: GOP 'Censoring' Female Witness On Birth Control

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"In an apparent effort to again silence women on the topic of women's health," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammil said in a statement Tuesday, "the Committee on House Administration, chaired by Dan Lungren, has apparently reversed existing policy and denied a request from the Democratic leadership for the House Recording Studio to cover this event and provide video publicly so all Americans can finally hear Ms. Fluke."

On Wednesday Pelosi fired off a email to supporters titled "They're censoring us," decrying the GOP decision as "disgraceful," "unacceptable," and an act of "shameful censorship." It linked to a petition calling on Republicans to reverse the decision.

Lungren spokesperson Salley Wood told TPM, "We certainly weren't aware of this request until the past couple of days -- and I'm certain that the Chairman was not aware of this request."

A GOP aide said it has not been the committee's policy to accept all such requests, noting that it has at times denied both Democratic and Republican efforts to televise hearings. The aide said granting it to some members necessitates granting it to all members, and there aren't enough resources for that.

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