UPDATE: Just like almost everything else the Left does, this whole thing is a charade.
For me the interesting part of the story is the ever-evolving “coed”. I put that in quotes because in the beginning she was described as a Georgetown law student. It was then revealed that prior to attending Georgetown she was an active women’s right advocate. In one of her first interviews she is quoted as talking about how she reviewed Georgetown’s insurance policy prior to committing to attend, and seeing that it didn’t cover contraceptive services, she decided to attend with the express purpose of battling this policy. During this time, she was described as a 23-year-old coed. Magically, at the same time Congress is debating the forced coverage of contraception, she appears and is even brought to Capitol Hill to testify. This morning, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, it was revealed that she is 30 years old, NOT the 23 that had been reported all along.
And from Georgetown Law’s website, we see that she’s a grizzled veteran of the leftist advocacy wars…
Sandra Fluke’s professional background in domestic violence and human trafficking began with Sanctuary for Families in New York City. There, she launched the agency’s pilot Program Evaluation Initiative. While at Sanctuary, she co-founded the New York Statewide Coalition for Fair Access to Family Court, which after a twenty-year stalemate, successfully advocated for legislation granting access to civil orders of protection for unmarried victims of domestic violence, including LGBTQ victims and teens. Sandra was also a member of the Manhattan Borough President’s Taskforce on Domestic Violence and numerous other New York City and New York State coalitions that successfully advocated for policy improvements impacting victims of domestic violence.
As the 2010 recipient of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant, she researched, wrote, and produced an instructional film on how to apply for a domestic violence restraining order in pro per. She has also interned with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking; Polaris Project; Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County; Break the Cycle; the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project; NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund; Crime Victim and Sexual Assault Services; and the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County.
Through Georgetown’s clinic programs, Sandra has proposed legislation based on fact-finding in Kenya regarding child trafficking for domestic work, and has represented victims of domestic violence in protection order cases. Sandra is the Development Editor of the Journal of Gender and the Law, and served as the President of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and the Vice President of the Women’s Legal Alliance. In her first year, she also co-founded a campus committee addressing human trafficking. Cornell University awarded her a B. S. in Policy Analysis & Management, as well as Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies in 2003.
Poor college kid my spleen.
Why is it so difficult for the Left to just present its case honestly? Why does everything have to be such a cloak-and-dagger, shell-game operation?
They lie. They lie when it’s easier to just tell the truth.
ORIGINAL: Sandra Fluke, the “reproductive rights advocate” who alleged that birth control will run a promiscuous female Georgetown law student some $3,000 over the course of her three-year academic escapade and in so doing earned the ridicule of commentators both large and small, appeared on the Ed Schultz show on MSNBC last night to answer her critics.
And this is what she had to say about Rush Limbaugh’s characterization of her as a “slut…”
I guess my reaction is the reaction a lot of women have when they’ve been called these names. Initially you’re stunned but then, very quickly, you’re outraged because this is, historically, the kind of language that is used to silence women, especially women who stand up and say that these are their reproductive health care needs and this is what they need. And what’s been amazing to me today is the outpouring of support. Everyone from members of Congress to Georgetown faculty to so many women who’ve contacted me, and I think it’s clear from what they’ve said that they’re not going to be silenced by this.
Silenced? Who wants her silenced? She’s comedy gold.
What Fluke supplied in her testimony to a gaggle of Democrat House members was bad math and worse advocacy, nothing more. The idea that it costs $1,000 a year for birth control pills you can get at Wal Mart for $9 a month is not one borne of honest discussion.
And contraception is not a “reproductive health care need.” Contraceptives exist to PREVENT reproduction; someone who needs $1,000 per year in birth control pills is interested in chronic sex without reproductive consequences.
Was it impolitic for Limbaugh to suggest that Fluke was a slut or to equate what she demanded to prostitution (money for sex)? Sure. Impolitic statements are quite often Limbaugh’s stock in trade and they’re what makes his show interesting to listen to. That hardly invalidates his point; a law student at a Catholic university which has had a policy of not supplying contraceptives to its students in accordance with the Catholic Church’s teaching on the subject is out of line demanding that institution abandon core principles to service her needs, and furthermore, demanding that someone else subsidize what to responsible adults seems to be a rather wonton sexual lifestyle is obnoxious in the extreme.
Naturally, hatred for Limbaugh and hypersensitivity to anything and everything he says trumped logic for the Obama White House, which has now embraced Fluke as its Poster Child For Underprivileged And Oversexed Students In Need Of Public Contraceptive Support. So much so that the President actually called Fluke to commiserate about the prudes and their nasty hangups – or something…
In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Friday afternoon, Fluke discussed the call from Obama, which took place shortly before she appeared on the program.
“He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women,” Fluke told Mitchell of the call with Obama. “And what was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud. And that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me. So, I just appreciated that very much.”
The call by Obama is a rare one and a move that signals the White House, like Democrats more broadly, is intent on keeping the spotlight on the contraception issue.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said, “The president called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke because he wanted to offer his support, express his disappointment, that she was the subject of an inappropriate personal attack and thank her for exercising her rights as a citizen to speak out on public policy.”
Carney said they spoke “for several minutes. It was a good conversation. Like a lot of people said the personal attacks directed her way are inappropriate. The fact that political discourse has become debased in many ways is bad enough. It’s worse when directed at a private citizen simply expressing her views on a matter of public policy.”
Democrats apparently think they’ve got a winner in the issue of your tax dollars or insurance premium money going toward subsidizing birth control pills for easy law students. Perhaps if Obama finds himself opposite Rick Santorum as the GOP nominee this fall, given Santorum’s penchant for preachy rhetoric on this issue they might be right.
On the other hand, Sandra Fluke and her $1,000-a-year sex habit don’t particularly appear sympathetic to average Americans who don’t get lucky enough to go to Georgetown Law. Most Americans recognize that sex is a luxury, not a necessity, and if you don’t have the cash for contraception you don’t go all the way.
And this might be just a hunch, but most folks will hear that Obama told Fluke her parents must be proud of her and – particularly if they’re parents themselves – will promptly blow a blood vessel in their brains.
Birth control pills aren’t indicated as stroke medicine, are they?