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Sandra Fluke on The View

Sandra Fluke Is Our New Hero

Sandra Fluke went on The View today to respond to the derogatory remarks made by Rush Limbaugh. Here's a refresher on what's happened so far. Sandra, a 30-year-old law student at Georgetown University, tried to testify at a Congressional hearing on birth control coverage. She was denied the opportunity, being told that the all-male panel was to discuss religious freedom, and not birth control. Congressional Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi invited her back to speak, and Fluke gave a well-reasoned testimony on the burdens of being denied contraception coverage by an insurance plan at a religiously sponsored institution. She spoke of a woman at Georgetown, a Catholic sponsored school, who had to get an ovary removed; the woman's cysts could have been treated with the pill, but since she couldn't prove she wasn't using it for contraception, she was denied coverage. In addition, Fluke pointed out that students like her have to pay as much as $3,000 out of pocket for contraception.

Rush Limbaugh caught wind of her testimony, and totally misrepresented it, calling her a "slut" and a "prostitute" for wanting taxpayers to cover her birth control. He called for her to release a sex tape in return for the birth control, and said she must be having so much sex for it to cost $3,000. Never mind that the topic of taxpayer funding of contraception never came up (it was about insurance companies), and the birth control pill, which can be used for other medical reasons, costs the same no matter how much you have sex. Limbaugh's inflammatory comments have cost him some sponsors, and won Fluke a call from the president, and Limbaugh apologized for making it personal.

Today we saw more from Sandra Fluke, who said name-calling is a standard way to quiet women. She said, "I tried to see this for what it is. And I believe that is an attempt to silence me to silence the millions of women and the men who support them." Watch her address the situation and her response to Rush Limbaugh's apology.

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