Janet M. LaRue

Schadenfreude, according to Webster, is “enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others.” It encapsulates the essence of women using government to force others to pay for their contraception.

The fraud is in hustling the con as a women’s health issue. It makes sense only to abortion zealots who think pregnancy is a disease or a parasite.

The grand dame of abortion rights, Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), held a little Republican bashing session with three members of the “House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee” on Feb. 23, which she and her media friends passed off as a “congressional hearing.”

Pelosi said the “hearing” was for taking “testimony” from Sandra Fluke, a 30-year-old, third-year student at Georgetown University Law School. According to Pelosi, Fluke “was blocked from testifying at a recent Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA).”

Also blocked were 312 million other Americans irrelevant to the hearing topic.

Pelosi introduced Fluke as “as the President and Secretary of the Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice,” which, she did not mention, unjustly discriminates against unborn women.

They’re fighting imaginary bogeymen who want to “ban” birth control, much like people who want to “ban food” because they don’t want to pay a stranger’s restaurant tab.

Pelosi also said that “Sandra will continue to serve women and our committees as a leader in the field of public interest law.” Sounds like there’s a taxpayer-funded job in Congress awaiting Sandra where she will be free from the burden and oppression of having to pay for her own birth control, which she claims costs $3,000 for three years.

Fluke said she hears daily from women “from Georgetown or from another school or who works for a religiously-affiliated employer,” who’ve “suffered financially and emotionally and medically because of this lack of coverage.”

Where are those Hollywood catastrophe fundraisers when you need one?

Any person who can get admitted to Georgetown Law School should be able to find the Planned Parenthood clinic 1.7 miles from her school, or perhaps affirmative action has run amok once again.

Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.