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
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  1. Jack

    I predict Limbaugh will be fired from Clear Channel. And he should be. I was in the advertising sales end of the radio broadcasting industry for decades, and believe me the bread and butter is the female listener. The bottom line is always revenue. When the advertisers go, so does the programming. Goodbye Rush. There's an old saying in the business Rush Rush. Collections,sales, production, on air...where are you on the food chain? You're at the bottom Rush, and the old saying comes from Republicans. Ask Imus if it's not true.

    March 3, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  2. Charles Bowen

    How's that Oxycodone working for you Rush?
    I see your Still the drooling dimwhitted republican liar you allways were . Some things never change like a republicans mind.......... Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    March 3, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. chris

    Ms. Fluke is just one of millions of fornicators who want someone else to clean up the mess they made and enjoyed.

    March 3, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  4. poopboy

    w/ flukes looks i wouldn't think she would need birth control.

    March 3, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  5. WiredWierdinSF

    Why should we have to pay $3,000 of our hard earned tax money for her contraceptives? And then some dope head, welfare fraud, corrupt union toady says that republicans are mean spirited, hateful and bigoted? What did the libs say when David Letterman did the same thing to Sarah Palins daughter? The doped up hypocrites defended him.

    March 3, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  6. Rod M. Chicago

    Limbaugh and his followers are irresponsible, bigoted, low-caliber azzwholes. SOmeone needs to find him and whup his azz until they get tired.

    March 3, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  7. Kaysey

    We're getting away from the original issue of whether the government has the right to tell a religious organization that they must provide a service to their employees which goes against their (the employer's) religious beliefs. This isn't a question about whether contraception should be available to women. Access to inexpensive or free birth control is readily available for the asking! There are plenty of agencies out there which provide this care for little or nothing. Ms. Fluke's testimony was clearly meant to deflect attention from the original issue and President Obama is using it to push his socialistic political agenda.

    March 3, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  8. Gizmo

    Its funny how these Republicants like to throt insults but can never take them! its name calling like this is why they are gonna lose in November. Keep it up, PLEASE!

    March 3, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  9. AMERICA 1st

    Rush Limbaugh, the greatest name in radio since radio was invented!

    March 3, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  10. Joe


    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?


    How do you know that She's actually a 30 year old hard core women's rights activist. What is wrong with Women's rights? How do you know what she was thinking and why she decided to enroll into Georgetown. Was it as you stated to "stir up trouble". Can you read her mind? Did she tell you this. Why do you feel this is the fault of the Media? Is Rush not part of the Media?

    March 3, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  11. sharky

    Oh please, the woman is a political activist, not some poor student in law school. Speaking of which she is attending of course a CATHOLIC private school, and paying how much to attend and wants Government to then pay for contraceptives? First off her whole scheme is bunk, her motive was to attack a religious school to demand they provide birth control BECAUSE she noticed in their policies prior to attending they objections. Voila instant agenda. She is a fraud plain and simple and the Democrats, yup, pimped her out.

    March 3, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  12. William L. John

    Dear Rush,
    Do you eat out the same filthy mouth you've been running for way too long? Nasty, Nasty...

    March 3, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  13. rec

    Limbaugh should be fired! I can't beleive he can say anything to anybody and pay no price. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE FROM THE CORPERAT SPONCERS OF HIS SHOW. WE NEED A POYCOTT!!!!!!!!!!! OF HIS SPONCERS....EINOUGH IS ENOUGH! WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE HIS BS ANY MORE!

    March 3, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  14. not a hater

    Thank you Rush Limbaugh!! You have brought to light the reason that the GOP is all concerned about contraception-it's a story as old as time-the "y-chromosone types" don't wanna pay if they don't get to play!! It's not a moral issue or a Govt. taxpayer issue-YOU JUST WANNA WATCH!!

    March 3, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  15. elizabeth

    we need to play the great Loretta Lynn 's song wrote in the 60"s "The Pill ' it was banned from the radio . Rush u need to be rushed off the airwave,

    March 3, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  16. Matt

    I don't know what the big deal is. Her face is all the birth control she should need.

    March 3, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  17. borisjimbo

    Once again Rush shows why women just don't want to stay married to him for long.

    March 3, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  18. Anonymous

    If you wanted to go by just the economic argument alone, how much do we taxpayers really pay for unwanted pregnancies? which leads to the other issue- would you prefer these women have an abortion instead? Abstinence is an ideal solution- but those who believe that abstinence is the only solution, have their heads stuck in the ground.

    March 3, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  19. Chris

    If as the Democrats would want you to believe, providing free contreception does not cost any money and saves insurance companies money, then why do they not offer it now? Nothing is free. Medical insurance is just that insurance. We shouldnt be paying for others birth control or viagra or whatever. Secondly what birth control is she taking that costs $3000 a year? Condoms or the pill arent nearly that expensive. Its a lifestyle choice and the government should not be making any mandates. Oh and BTW this is not a poor college student, she is a 30 year old womens rights activist who purposefully chose to go to a school that did not offer contreception. Lastly I do not condone Limbaugh's terminology, there are alot of more professional and intellectual ways to make the argument, that being said where if all the front page headlines or outcry when Bill Maher, O'Donnel, Sharpton, or any of the many race baiters at MSNBC say similar things about conservatives?

    March 3, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  20. Does anyone read anymore?

    Wow, for as much as right-wingers worship privatization and free markets, they sure seem to be having a hard time wrapping their skulls around this one. The taxpayers aren't paying for any part of what this woman is talking about; she was advocating coverage of contraception for women by PRIVATE insurance companies. You know, private, as in offered by a private corporation to individual private customers, with the customer having the choice as to whether or not to purchase the coverage? Money being exchanged between the consumer and the private insurance provider, with no taxpayers footing the bill; that's not just in-line with conservative policy, it's practically a love letter to the GOP!

    I mean, I thought that was the end-goal of small-government neocons...letting the free market dictate what will or will not be sold to private consumers with little or no governmental regulation or oversight. Oh, unless the free market doesn't line up with your pious faux-moral sensibilities, right? Wouldn't want to upset those tax-free and supposedly "non-political" religious folks, I guess. Yeah, that's not hypocritical or anything.

    March 3, 2012 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  21. HoyaSaxa


    Right, she's been lying in wait through nearly 3 years of law school for this issue to come up. That makes sense.

    @Feral Conservative

    You say that Ms. Fluke is "too stupid to google and read street signs" and yet you are stupid enough to equate condoms with the pill. Ms. Fluke, who attends one of the top law schools in the country, testified as to how her friend lost an ovary because she did not have access to the birth control that she needed at a Catholic school.

    March 3, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  22. Matt

    Rush? Gingrich?...

    Rush is just like Gingrich...going around sleeping with women, I mean other men's' women. Do we actually expect better from Rush? No wonder Gingrich remains so silent...they are exactly the same. They are both promiscuous womanizers who thinks it's ok to treat women like chattels...most people are NOT really surprised by Rush's attack and NOT surprised by Gingrich's silence. If Gingrich opens his mouth he will be letting his own out cat out of the bag.

    What bigots they are!

    March 3, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  23. FedUpInd

    Limbaugh says things to please his Tea Party and religious fanatic listeners.

    March 3, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  24. Why

    Why should she get free contraception? I don't want to support her habits. Trust me, I have no problem with contraception. It stops the procreation of lots of babies that should not be born, primarily "urban" children. I support the death of the welfare cycle. I guess it is cheaper than WIC and Section 8.

    March 3, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  25. dockey

    The comments Limbaugh made were crude but I don't disagree with his point. The whining liberal media has once again proven it's bias by going after only selected stories. Bill Maher never gets the same attention for the garbage he spews out and he's much worse. So, stop the tears you liberal bigots.

    March 3, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
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