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The Sunlight Foundation’s Capitol Words project is a fun (and sometimes depressing) way to see what’s rolling off the tongues of members of Congress these days. Lately, “contraception” has gotten a big boost, going from four mentions in February of 2010 to 113 this February. Unsurprisingly, most of the 10 members who have made the word so popular are women, including District Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who made the following comments the House floor on Feb. 8:
[…] I think, Mr. Speaker, in the next several days and weeks you’re going to see people come forward to speak up for the silent majority in this controversy about contraception and what institutions should and should not provide. Whoever has been a silent majority, today it is the women of America, particularly women who may happen to work for Catholic hospitals, for a Catholic university as I did, for example, when as a Protestant I worked as a tenured professor of law at Georgetown University here in Washington, DC.”
Not such a surprise that she walked out of last week’s Darryl Issa hearing on providing contraception to women who work for religious organizations—because most of the people testifying were men.