Here is Georgetown Law Center student Sandra Fluke's statement before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on women's health and contraception.
- She never mentions her own sex life or that she personally wants or needs birth control pills. She only discusses fellow students whose stories she knows. Students who could not afford the birth control pills they needed because they are not covered under student health insurance. A married student using them for birth control, a student with polycystic ovarian syndrome who lost an ovary because she had to stop taking the pills that kept the disease under control, a student who needs the pill for endometriosis, and a student who was raped but did not go a doctor because had gotten the impression that no women's heath care was covered by the university.
Sandra Fluke herself could be a virgin or a lesbian or a nun with no need of birth control for all we know from her testimony. She never asked that the university student insurance cover hormonal contraceptives for herself.
- She is testifying that she supports insurance coverage for hormonal contraception, just like any other drug prescribed by the student's doctor, "insurance students pay for completely unsubsidized by the university." She's not asking for anyone else to pay for the students' prescriptions. She's only asking that the insurance that the student pays the premiums for cover these drugs as they do other drugs.
Here's Rush Limbaugh's three-day attack on Sandra Fluke:
Note that this was not an off-hand comment, a couple of words that were a little rude. This went on and on for three days.
The response from the Republican presidential candidates here. Rush Limbaugh's "apology" here.
(Note that he uses his so-called apology to repeat his lies about her testimony - he states that her testimony was about "personal sexual recreational activities" when clearly it was not, and that "I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities" when no one asked him to! The students only want the insurance that they pay the premiums for to cover all of their prescriptions. He just cannot stop lying.)
[posted on 3/13/12]