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Georgetown University officials have released a statement defending law student Sandra Fluke, calling Rush Limbaugh’s attacks “misogynistic” and Fluke “a model of civil discourse.” And President Obama has called to thank her for “speaking out about the concerns of American women,” according to Fluke. The Georgetown law student derided as a “slut” and “prostitute” by Rush Limbaugh for her support of women’s access to birth control spoke out against the conservative talk show host Friday morning.
Appearing on NBC’s “Today,” Sandra Fluke said she was
“stunned” and “outraged” by Limbaugh’s comments, which she deemed “an attempt
to silence me, to silence all of us from speaking about the healthcare we
Fluke, a third-year law student, testified about
Georgetown’s policy on contraception during an unofficial hearing last Thursday
that was led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). She argued that
birth control should be covered by health insurance at religious institutions.
Pelosi arranged for
Fluke to testify after she was excluded from an official congressional hearing
on the contraceptive mandate in the nation’s health-care law. Republicans who
ran the hearing said Fluke’s name was submitted too late (Democrats disagree).
None of the women who testified at the congressional hearing spoke in favor of
At Pelosi’s hearing, Fluke said her fellow students at
Georgetown, a Jesuit university, pay as much as $1,000 a year for birth control
because campus health plans do not include coverage of contraceptives for
“What does that make her?” Limbaugh said on his show
Wednesday night. “It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.”
“She wants to be paid
to have sex,” Limbaugh continued. “She’s having so much sex she can’t afford
On Thursday, Limbaugh expanded on his thoughts but offered
no apology. Referring to controversial remarks by Foster Friess, a supporter of
former senator Rick Santorum, Limbaugh said, “I will buy all of the women at
Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.”
That afternoon, there
were reports of a bomb threat at Limbaugh’s South Florida home, but an
investigation revealed that the suspicious package was not dangerous and
unrelated to Limbaugh’s remarks.
According to the Palm Beach Daily News, the package turned
out to be an electronic plaque commemorating the assassination of President
Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth.
Fluke appeared on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” calling Limbaugh’s comments “outside the
bounds of civil discourse.”