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. stef

    When US politics becomes this vicious it makes for very bad viewing in other pars of the world. As an Australian, I can say that many people look to your country as a symbol of personal freedom, but these liberties appear very much obstructed by the unrealistic pursuit of purist religion and irrational obsessions with defending a political party's "core values." In Australia, as in the US, the middle class and more centrist viewpoints are always in the majority and should be valued as so, but when wild men like Rush Limbaugh continue to dominate your politics, your population seems to become more broken across a scary divide.

    March 3, 2012 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  2. Bogus

    He should consider his gorgeous, young, tall bombshell of a wife. She didn't marry him for his charm and good looks. If she married him for his money, what does that make her?

    March 3, 2012 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  3. tedt

    This story should not be in the political section limbaugh is just a shock jock entertainer geared to say hurtful ignorant things to keep right wing wingnuts listening

    March 3, 2012 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  4. Crom2112

    Demanding taxpayers to finance your birth control does not make you a sl(u)t. However, it does make you socialist which is quite worse since socialists spread their Marxism like an STD but there's no known medical treatment to get rid of it.

    March 3, 2012 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  5. Bystander

    Support Fluke.

    March 3, 2012 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  6. Mk54

    Limbaugh is a prominent voice of divisive evil in America. He is a modern day Goebbels that spews, hate, lies and vitriolic demonization of good people. Those who are swayed by his poisonous remarks are being seduced by the dark side of human nature and become a part of the problem, instead of part of the solution.

    March 3, 2012 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  7. Anonymous

    If u commit the crime, u might as well do the time Fluke

    March 3, 2012 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  8. Leif

    Some say that there is no such thing as bad publicity. The GOP has discovered otherwise.

    March 3, 2012 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  9. evensteven

    Limbaugh's statements regarding Ms Fluke are kind of perverted and completely disrespectful. He's like a Baptist preacher in the political arena shaming everyone who doesn't agree with his point of view. I would hope more people would see him for what he is—a man who feels a sense of purpose and makes a great deal of money putting other people down—pathologically disrespectful.

    March 3, 2012 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  10. OrangeW3dge

    Limbaugh / Trump 2012

    In Breitbart We Trust

    March 3, 2012 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  11. Bart

    Democrats reward bad behavior, therefore, birth control must be paid for by all medical insurance.

    March 3, 2012 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  12. KarlG

    Georgetown can do whatever it wants. Go to a public university if you want government condom handouts.

    March 3, 2012 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  13. aaron

    Fluke should point out that Limbaugh is a convicted drug addict and may have been high when calling her nasty names.

    March 3, 2012 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  14. ben weber

    i thought women were equal to men and didnt need anyones help with anything; Now this 30 year old woman cant buy her own $5 a month pill prescription at walmart. I guess us men will just have to start taking care of the helpless women again

    March 3, 2012 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  15. Bernard Webb

    Limbaugh needs to get together with Breitbart, to keep him company in hell.

    March 3, 2012 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  16. Jay

    Wire- really your comment is as offensive as Rush's comment and if you meant it as satire – you failed!
    As for Rush – I for one agree that all the advertisers on his show should be boycotted and the advertisers should pull out – no advertisers and finally the bigot named Rush will be silenced! No place for this in the world – politics is so ugly and gets uglier and uglier!

    March 3, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  17. girish

    Mr.Rush Limbaugh seems ignorant ,illiterate ,indecent representative of republican party;who does not have knowledge about contraception

    March 3, 2012 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  18. Navin Johnson

    "While some Republicans argue abstinence as the best form of birth control"...Really? According to the Bible, it didn't help Mary.

    March 3, 2012 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  19. scott

    I think she has a right to her opinion and a women should never be called those shameful words by that turd

    March 3, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  20. FD

    If you all think RL is the face of the Republican party then you have been living under a rock! RL has not been relevant since the 90s. He says things like this to get publicity. Saying RL is the voice of the GOP is like saying Madcow is the voice of the Democrats. As for contraception: its a personal decsion and a person should take care of it themsleves. why should i have to pay more in my health plan for those too cheap to pay for it on thier own.

    March 3, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  21. chuckwagonxx

    Let's face facts, folks. If you're on the same side of an issue with Rush, you're on the wrong side. This fat drug infused individual is not a great thinker, and his personal philosophies are all about protecting his huge annual salary. He's an over the top wingnut who will eventually go too far some day and will be forced to change channels like Imus.

    March 3, 2012 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  22. False Dichotomy

    Good lord, conservatives can be so ugly, mean, and ignorant (referring to both Limbaugh and Feral Conservative and CobiaHunter below). There are few things more repulsive than smug ignorance.

    March 3, 2012 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  23. ngc1300

    'how many men has she slept with", "30 year old hard-core women's rights activist", "trollop". The most fitting revenge for you, would be to have no woman ever sleep with you again.

    March 3, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  24. Rey

    you forgot insensitive

    March 3, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  25. realist

    Seiously???.......why are you still breathing my air?

    March 3, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
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