March 2nd, 2012
05:32 PM ET
11 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. roscoe

    Shame on Liimbaugh and those who follow him.

    March 2, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin S. F.

    We don't want your silence Flukie, we just want to know how many men you've slept with and get this question settled!

    March 2, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Boycott Rush

    Boycott Rush and all who advertise on his show.

    March 2, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Bill

    The big, fat idiot continues his mindless and dope-addled blather. And he is the face of the GOP.

    March 2, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. CobiaHunter

    Folks, you've been duped! As it turns out, Ms. Fluke is not the innocent and naive 23 year old co-ed that the Democrats and the liberal media would have you believe. She's actually a 30 year old hard core women's rights activist who purposefully enrolled at Georgetown to stir up trouble because she knew it was a Jesuit school that is opposed to contraception and therefore doesn't provide it. What's that you say? Nancy Pelosi never mentioned and the media never mentioned this? I wonder why?

    March 2, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Don't be silent.

    March 2, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Feral Conservative

    Lib women are constantly telling conservatives to leave their uterus and ovaries alone.
    Now this trollop wants to require taxpayers to babysit her input in said organs by paying for
    birth control ? Just another me-me-me libtard who can go to a local clinic and get free contraceptives
    but is too stupid to google and read street signs. I love it when the Pelosis of the world use morons like "Fluke"
    for their transparent foibles.

    March 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. batperson

    Who paid for Bristol Palin's out of wedlock pregnancy and healthcare? And how does Limbaugh characterize her behavior?

    March 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. jimmy

    cool story bro.

    March 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. seriously???

    Limbaugh is the face of Republicans: mean, hateful, bigoted, and totally disgusting. The day this pig is buried underground should be a national holiday.

    March 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Tom Waring

    Other radio personalities have been fired or suspended for less. The same should happen to Limbaugh. People should boycott his show, and the sponsors. I applaud Ms. Fluke's courage in the face of such insulting commentary.

    March 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. DumbGuyWithSmartPhone

    I just don't understand how Rush seems to keep getting his foot into his mouth when his head is so far up his......err.....never mind...

    March 2, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. bladenx

    she gona silence you rush stay out of womens business, unless?

    March 2, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. glorydays

    Just say "NO" ladies. Things will change FAST!

    March 2, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Jack

    Conservatives are morons. They cant understand any issue. Its so funny. Conservatives should be shot for the good of humanity.

    March 2, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Lisa P

    The louder the GOP shouts the clearer we hear their agenda. Thank you Ms. Fluke for helping them to expose themselves - a woman would have to be a fool to vote for any of them!

    March 2, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Bob

    Awful lot of right wing stupidity on display these days, but this is ridiculous.

    Mandatory vasectomies for all right wingers.

    You people have no honor, and no inegrity. Your morals are in the gutter.

    March 2, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. Dominicant mama 4 nobama

    What else do you call someone that needs to spend the amount of money she claims college students are spending on contraception...what the hell are they doing sleeping with everyone on campus AND all the professors??? guess people don't go to college to get an education anymore...

    No one is trying to silence you...It's not your mouth that needs to be closed...

    March 2, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. jdl

    Rush :
    Married 4 times, prescription drug abuser, not exactly the poster child for Christian morals.

    March 2, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Joanna

    Men have no business telling women what to do with their bodies. These are private matters that one's boss has no say in whatsoever, and neither does the government. The only man who might have a say in what a woman does with her own body is her mate, and even then, there must be mature discussion. Rush Limbaugh needs to listen to his own hypocritical statements. He is outraged when the government tells people what food they can or can't eat (such as fructose). Women are equally outraged when conservatives try to dictate to them what they can and cannot decide for their medical needs, health, and well-being. Honestly, I am convinced that Rush Limbaugh is not a conservative at all. He is a liberal comedian dressed in radical conservative clothing, with the sole mission of making conservatives look bad. Additionally, he is a 'radio personality'. This means he is not real. He is a character. Therefore, his comments really don't matter. I support Ms. Fluke. Keep at it lady.

    March 2, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. emma

    I want to know why Viagra is covered under health care and birth control not?

    March 2, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Jack

    Shes probably slept with 30 men less than Wire Palladin SF 's mother.
    Rush's mom should have aborted him. His dad should have pulled out. The coward doesnt have the pair to say that to her face. He wouldnt last 5 seconds if he said something like that while I was around. Oh yeah and unlike you pathetic and cowardly conservajokes, I was an enlisted soldier in combat arms (artillery) and Ive killed better men than you.

    March 2, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Shame on the GOP/Tea Party family values social conservatives who support Limbaugh. Limbaugh is NOT the victim. He is the bully and abuser! Fluke has unusual character and courage in contrast to the pompous and self important Limbaugh.

    March 2, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. wow

    He is pointing out how silly this is. A grown woman can't pay for her own contraception? Wow! This whole issue is about religious freedom and not taking access away. Just the hater on the left trying to start something.

    March 2, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. April

    Well, at the very least, he's showing the public the real face of the GOP. Now we know.

    March 2, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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