March 2nd, 2012
05:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Fluke on Limbaugh comment: 'I'm not going to be silenced'

(CNN) - The Georgetown law student targeted by Rush Limbaugh for her position on contraceptives said Friday she was "upset and outraged" when she first heard the radio talk show host had called her a "slut."

"I felt probably the way many women do when they are called those types of names," Sandra Fluke told CNN. "Initially hurt and then very quickly upset and outraged because somebody is trying to silence you."

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Fluke, who advocated last week in a Democratic hearing for the Obama policy requiring employers provide free contraception coverage, said she was sitting at a computer Wednesday when she read online that Limbaugh had personally attacked her during his radio show.

Calling her a "slut" and "prostitute," Limbaugh has said if taxpayers are going to pay for women to have sex, then they should post videos of their activities so everyone can watch.

His comments have sparked a firestorm in the last two days, with Democrats seizing on it as an opportunity to keep the political story alive.

President Barack Obama called Fluke on Friday to offer his support.

"That wasn't on my schedule for the day," Fluke joked, referring to Obama's call. "But I was happy to add that to the schedule."

The law student told CNN she thinks Limbaugh was "confused" about her testimony.

"For starters, I didn't say that I should be paid for anything. What we were talking about is private insurance covering a medical need. It has nothing to do with the government paying for anything or taxpayers or anything like that," she said.

While Fluke attends a Jesuit university that does not cover contraception as part of its health insurance plans, the school's president defended Fluke on Friday.

Religiously-affiliated institutions, like Georgetown, oppose providing contraception.

While some Republicans argue abstinence as the best form of birth control, Fluke said legislation needs to be realistic.

"We're talking about national legislation. Legislation has to reflect reality, not ideology and I don't think that we can actually expect that American women are going to stop engaging in healthy sexual behaviors," Fluke said.

But the law student said women are not going to be "silenced" about the issue.

"They're going to speak up for health care needs and what this means to them and I'm certainly not going to be silenced," she said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Health care • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (449 Responses)
  1. 240_Gordy

    Righties hate women...just another group of Americans they have alienated...among many.

    March 3, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  2. Mb320

    She should sue for defamation of character. She should sue him and the media company he works for and when the offer to settle as NO. People are not allowed to say those kinds of things about something they DO NOT KNOW and think its just ok. There are consequences on this one and he and the media company need to feel it.

    March 3, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  3. C P

    Condoms are free and better than cancer causing pills. Whats the problem?

    March 3, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  4. Bruce Bryant

    She is sooo Brave, what Crappola. Women's health care ?????

    March 3, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  5. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Drug addict Rush Limbaugh will be taking the Dr Laura route soon.

    March 3, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  6. JamesSC

    Anybody that listens to this guy is an ignorant, pompous pig, big mouth-little brain, opinionated, overbearing, self-serving, total human reject, as he is. Boycott any company that sponsers this fool. He, like, his buddy, Breitbart, only tells there spin, which involves telling a tiny portion of the truth & then proceeding to twist that into a way that supports their claims. It is just like the GOP super PAC attack ads which take sound bytes & piece them together which makes the speaker's comment completely different in what they are saying. It is all lying..and they lie to their viewers simply to get them enraged & riled up to keep them on the air..to support their views...and to support their habits.

    Step back from the ledge, folks, and try looking at facts by doing your own research rather than wasting your time listening to ppl like this dud. It is really easier & gives you much more factual information.

    March 3, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  7. Name Linda

    Let me ask you Flukie and your ilk, every time you have orgasm you want the taxpayer to pay for your contraception? Think!!!!

    March 3, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  8. FactChecker

    @CobraHunter: "you've been duped! ... enrolled at Georgetown to stir up trouble .. Jesuit school that is opposed to contraception and therefore doesn't provide it"??? If you are assuming that she planned her life that way then you are the fool.

    March 3, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  9. Name Linda

    Another thing, if a college student can afford manicure, pedicure, stiletto , movies and other crap why on earth you want taxpayers money to pay for your orgasm? What a SHAME.

    March 3, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  10. Mike

    I think companies in venezuela are required to provide free condoms to employees ... Fluke should move there. Or stay in the US and buy her own condoms. Whatever happened to personal responsibility as opposed to government mandated handouts? Stop asking others to take care of you. Take care of yourself.

    March 3, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  11. The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester

    It's time for everyone to just turn off the radio when that overblown thug and bully comes on the air. Sure, he's got the right to speak his mind... but we don't have a responsibility to listen.

    March 3, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  12. Remember Brietbart

    Orders from Democrat headquarters: Make a big thing out of this.

    March 3, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  13. clarke

    She is a very intelligent young women, she will stay the course. Don't any of these politicians listen when someone is before them as a witness, or do they only hear what they want to hear. We stand behind you Ms Fluke and thank you. Rush is just a disgusting little slug who enjoys terrorism on others. A slug has no morals or standards, they just crawl around on their bellies in the mud because they have no backbone.

    March 3, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  14. Jimmer

    liberals are so lame

    March 3, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  15. Daniel

    Cool. Calm. Collected. She is not afraid of him. Good for her. There is nothing to fear. He is the biggest idiot on the planet, and why anyone would listen to anything he says is beyond me.

    Have a Great Day Guys!!

    March 3, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  16. John

    OK – your 15 minutes are up. Goodbye!

    March 3, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  17. brenda

    I bet her parents want to kick some Rush a s s. I would too. It's hard to believe that in the 21st century there are still men like Rush Limbaugh.

    March 3, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  18. dreucalypt

    The response of the Republicans in this very comment string shows that Limbaugh really is the face of that party, and that the Republicans have become dominated by people like him.

    March 3, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  19. Name jim

    Limbaugh is an idiot. He should be fired for his comments.

    March 3, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  20. Ken from FL

    So, my question is: who was trying to silence her? Answer: nobody. Limbaugh expressed an opinion, stupidly. Every time a conservative says something, liberals scream that someone's trying to take away their free speech. When liberals actually try to limit free speech, nobody in the MSM says a word.

    March 3, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  21. Jake

    Some here are so dense, they don't see that at the end of the day, birth control saves much more money for all, including government than not having birth control. But then again, that is what defines a small mind, the inability to see beyond the issue. Unbelieveable that in this age of instant knowledge and information, so many still live in the 1400s.

    March 3, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  22. gglenn

    Wouldnt contraception fall under elective? Is it a medical necessity. Does she also believe condoms should be covered for free? Just wondering?

    March 3, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  23. MAB

    I love CNN, but PLEASE, spread the word to all your shows that the young lady's name is pronounced (Flook)...not Fluke, or Fluk. It's been hard enough the past few years to listen to things like: "Al Kaida, Al Kida", or "Cutter, Gutter, Kottar". Thank you

    March 3, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  24. Huh?

    Since when are contraceptives a "medical need"?

    March 3, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  25. Bryan

    Too bad Rush's parents didn't practice better birth control. Talk about the poster child for the cause!

    March 3, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
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