Maggie Gallagher

President Obama, you do not speak for women. Stop claiming -- you and other Democrats -- that when you try to ram abortion-inducing drugs and contraception mandates down the throats of religious charities, schools and health care institutions, you are speaking for women.

That's the message of a new letter signed by hundreds of women at It was organized by George Mason Law professor Helen Alvare and lawyer-turned-stay-at-home mom Kim Daniels.

"This was the ultimate kitchen table project," Alvare told me. "We passed it to a few dozen friends each."

For Alvare, the response has been a revelation. "I'm getting now thousands of letters from women in all walks of life: organic farmers, emergency room doctors, a dancer from Stuttgart," she told me. "It's put a lie to the idea that there's not a type of woman who is offended when the government takes away religious liberty."

Alvare was watching local news coverage of the House Oversight Committee hearing last week. The Democrats hoped to get around the religious liberty issue by making it a question of "women's health."

"Where are the women?" Rep. Carolyn Malone asked.

That meme was pushed out by Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and retailed to others in an all-too-willing mainstream media.

Never mind that at least two women testified on the panel. Or that Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, a congresswoman from New York's 25th district, was there and speaking up for women.

Alvare was pushed by this meme, but not in the way the Democrats hoped. Other women are responding to her call to speak for themselves:

Dr. Helen Golden-Tevald is a family physician who runs a fertility care clinic. She told me her biggest concern is that the mandate will end up reducing the number of physicians of integrity and the number of health care institutions available to serve the public.

"If the government says, 'Do this or else,' a lot of good physicians and health care institutions are going to be pushed out of practicing medicine," she predicted.

Dr. Golden-Tevald owns her own medical practice, and like a lot of small business owners, she is not sure yet whether or how the mandates will ultimately affect her ability to continue to serve the public since the regulations aren't finished yet.

How many small health care businesses will needlessly be pushed out of the public square by Obama's power grab?

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.