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. peter

    I see the republicans are engaged in a charm-offensive..... though I think they've not entirely grasped that it isn't smart to chase the electorate away from you. I wonder how many young republican-voting women will now think twice before putting an 'x' in front of the republican candidate at the next election.

    Mr. Obama, on the other hand.... he knows how to win the public's favour – just by being human and decent to someone.

    The republicans have a lot to learn about moral values, respect and courtesy.

    They call themselves 'the moral majority', eh? Yeah right...

    Kudos to Ms. Fluke for not letting herself be silenced by that ignoramus.

    March 2, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. concernedjoy

    Rush certainly was being crude in his remarks. I can't think of many people who would think what he said is OK – and I am usually one of his fans. That said, this is America and Miss Fluke certainly has the right to continue to have her voice heard. However, I was amazed that she commented that this has "nothing to do with the government paying for anything or taxpayers, or anything like that". She was talking about PRIVATE insurance being forced to provide something for FREE. But – we all know it really isn't FREE. It will come right back to the rest of us in higher premiums. And it is about the government forcing religions to go against their teachings. Even Obama's compromise does the same thing – since many religious organizations are self-funded (which means they would end up paying for it anyway, under Obama's compromise. The government needs to stay out of this. These young ladies have other places they can go for "free" birth control

    March 2, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. yeaaahhhh

    such conservative values!

    March 2, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. judy

    we need to vote these neanderthals out of office . The people who listen to rush are are the same clowns that make up the repo party. Obama/Biden 2012 Thanks for not keeping quiet. Is this what heppens when you give your opion before congress?

    March 2, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. 1hiflyer

    Another thing, what does it mean when government officials get up on stage and say, "Shame on you." to people like Rush Limbaugh? Rush is a lot of things but a two year old he is not. Rush puts a voice to the silent thoughts of most of the GOP "leadership" and because of weak responses like this he has no reason to stop saying prejudiced and misinformed statements. What's next, locking him in his room without his meds?

    March 2, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Tbone510

    So Rush Lunkhead said something insensitive and stupid... This is not news.
    The Big Fat, blathering idiot has been doing it for years.

    March 2, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. John Engstrom

    Limbaugh is the voice of the Republican Party,Mark the words America it is TIME FOR LIMBAUGH TO GO.

    March 2, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. Jilli

    It's obvious that many commenting here don't have a clue on the content of Ms. Flukes testimony. Their ignorance is glaring.

    I'm glad she's standing up to the blowhard Limbaugh. It's working. Four of his advertisers have already removed their ads from his program – and I don't believe they'll be the last.

    For those of you supporting Mr. Limbaugh – would you be reacting the same way if he had made the comments about your sister, wife or mother? I suspect not.

    Bravo Ms. Fluke.

    March 2, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. James

    This Law Student doesn't know that contraceptives are available at healh departments and many other places for FREE? She should, which means she's making a political statement with her comments–not a health statement. If she can cover the $60,000/yr tuition she can handle minimal cost or no cost for rubbers.

    March 2, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. oilmann

    Your not going silence me the taxpayer either.

    March 2, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. BunnyBunny

    I would like to know where Rush got the idea that ANY of his tax money would go to pay for birth control. There is nothing saying taxes pay for the program. Insurance would cover birth control. Not Rush, not you, not me. Insurance.

    Just more of this lewd loudmouth spewing hate.

    March 2, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Mark

    Sue him for libel. He has real deep pockets. Use that money to set up your law practice. Best of luck.

    March 2, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Brent Hickel

    I applaud Miss Fluke. She is a well spoken advocate for woman's health. Unlike Rush, who is a bigoted hot air balloon!

    March 2, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Shawn Irwin

    Limbaugh should be ashamed of himself, targeting someone who obviously is trying to better herself and, is much younger than him. Limbaugh stands for what is wrong with this country; people in this country who follow his example are unable to see both sides of the coin, and, unable to carry on an intelligent conversation without resorting to insults.
    Grow up Rush! Man up and apologize . . . . for ALL of it.

    March 2, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. cjg

    Boycott his adversisers!

    March 2, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. Ann

    This shows Obama's colors. for a president to call someone and say her parents should be proud of her, wanting contraceptives for college kids, is as IMMORAL as you can get. This guy is a total embarrassment to our presidency and to our country.My daughter didn't need contraceptives in college OBAMA. She practiced MORALS, OBAMA.

    March 2, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. reasonablebe

    beyond decency. he is the face of mean and nasty. why anyone would listen to this self aggrandizing person is beyond me. he fails to recognize that all people should be treated like people, not anything less. Query: where did he go to school? who paid for his health care?

    March 2, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. William L. John

    Limbaugh has the microphone to shoot for years, his red-neck tirades continue to show only his ignorance. People, when is enough? An apology to the young lady he has so willingly verbally violated would be insufficient and Hippocratic. He doesn't know her, nor will he recognize his perpetration. So, the dust will settle and he will continue to blast his loud mouth off at who? You and me, only when will his ignorant ass be held to the fire?

    March 2, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. WOW

    If Limbaugh's response is not a War On Women, then I don't know what could be.

    Insurance's have no problem covering Men on getting Viagra prescriptions, but refuse to insure "the pill" for women. This whole subject digusts me. Heaven forbid that Obamacare is making insurance companies step up to the plate and pay for what they advertise. Many of these "religious" hospitals are the only hospital in a region, they receive my tax dollars. For them to force their beliefs on me is an injust to the American system. If they don't want to provide the proper health care with ALL options available then maybe they should not be in a business that caters to EVERY American. As far as Limbaugh there is a reason I don't listen to the hate that spews from his ignorant and vile mouth.

    March 2, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. Mike

    Limbaugh is an idiot but Fluke should not expect anyone else to pay for her contraceptives.

    March 2, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. RKN

    @Feral Conservative
    You obviously did not hear Ms Fluke speak at the hearing last week, nor did you bother to read this article. She asks nothing from taxpayers. She asks nothing of the government.
    Ms Fluke is well educated and articulate. you appear to be another GOP slacker who could not work hard enough to finish high school or finish reading a short article. Are the words too big for you? You and Rush are pathetic little creatures. Please go away. Leave the country to the adults.

    March 2, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    She should sue Limpaw's big fat behind – and every American woman who's ever used contraception should file amicus briefs on her behalf!

    March 2, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Clint, Wa.

    You go girl, Vasectomy is a form of male birth control, what about that.

    March 2, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Every time I hear Limpaw talk, I wish with all my heart that the medical attention he received in Hawaii (socialized medicine, BTW) hadn't been very good.

    I will cheer this tub of lard no longer walks the face of the earth!

    March 2, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. dew right

    Again.........do the math............$1,000 per year = three times per day, everyday. And Obama tells her that her parents are proud??? WOW.

    March 2, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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