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. Sanity

    Less than a year ago Bill Maher called Palin a c*unt. Such obscene comments are tandard practice for many liberals when referring to Palin, Bachmann, or any other conservative female. A few days ago Maher donated a million dollars to Obama. May we now assume that Obama will return Maher's donation because Maher insults women?

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

    The number of people who identify themselves as republican rose from 35.9 to 36%. The number of people who identify themselves as democrats fell to 32.4%

    March 2, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. LouCioccio

    Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Tom Corbett, Rick Santorum,Mitt Romney, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney all great Vietnam Era veterans gotta give them a big hand for serving while you wimps would not serve in a US war....DOH!! I just googled NONE of them were patriotic they did not volunteer to serve the country. Wow was I bamboozled!!!

    March 2, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. Dogbert58

    A real man would never use words like those when speaking about a women, even one he disliked.
    Rush is a clown.

    March 2, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Lauren

    Why is Viagra covered and not Birth Control is my question.

    March 2, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. GadsdenRattlers

    Limbaugh really stepped in it. If he wanted to keep his advertisers and not face public scorn, he should have been like Liberal Political Commentators and used acceptable terms like cvnt when referring to Former Governors of Alaska and Teabaggers when referring to conservative protestors. Silly Rush...He just can't win playing the Left's games...

    March 2, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. Jimmy

    This whole "contraception issue" is fake and fabricated. This Fluke woman is a political activist faking it as some "contraception crusader" that wants the USA to add to the national debt by borrowing more money from China to buy birth control for everybody, as if that is a proper function of government. Obama created this fake issue so he doesn't have to talk about the real issues.

    March 2, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. GaryB

    With his terrible physical condition and his history of drug abuse, it seems more than likely that limbaugh is probably leveraging his insurance company for access to Viagra, Cialis or something similar. So what exactly does that make him? Calling him a gigolo doesn't seem to fit, as who would pay to sleep with that? I mean, besides Feral Conservatives.

    March 2, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. geggyg

    hi CobiaHunter
    Where did you get get your supposed facts on Ms Fluke, from Rush or Drudge, surprised you didnt say she was a secret white half sister of Pres Obama , get real

    March 2, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. Esrever

    Too bad Rush Limbaugh's parents didn't use contraception!

    March 2, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Guys all of you are very immature with centering all of this on Rush Limbaugh but what about your privies comments of the past....With Sarah Pailin...Does anybody remember that?....All of you are all immature talk about the real issues....Not this lie....For contraception is not expensive...Go to walmart, or Plan Parent hood where yearly it costs 35 dalliers a year...This a manipulation of words...Focus on the real topics not on this nonsense....get a life all of you whom are angry at this....

    March 2, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Higgs

    For Barry to say that her parents should be proud of her shows how low we have become. What parents would be proud of a daughter that sleeps around so much that she is going broke buying contraceptives and wants the taxpayer to pay for them?

    March 2, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. ChicagoLoop

    What an idiot. Could Rush Limbaugh POSSIBLY do anything more careless than running his big mouth? I see LAWSUIT written all over this. Highly likely considering this young woman is a law student.

    March 2, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. LanceH

    I'd love to ask Nancy Pelosi or Harry Read if their daughter or granddaughter is getting adequate access to condoms. I mean if not for Obama forcing free rubbers and abortion pills (which are easily available at the local pharmacy, Ahem!) into ALL health plans... well, my goodness, they would just be crap out of luck right? I mean, if it takes federal mandate to fix this horrible crisis of shortage of rubbers (lol) then their offspring certainly MUST need all that and FAST right NOW, tonight even! Oh dear!

    March 2, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    "Now this trollop wants to require taxpayers to babysit her input in said organs by paying for
    birth control ?"

    Nice lie there, Feral, your name suits you. This is NOT about government paid birth control pills because the issue is insurance companies covering the in privately paid policies. What YOUR comments are about is you radical rightwing extremists lying about he real issues.

    March 2, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. Bill

    Don't silence Limbaugh. Let him make bigoted statements.

    March 2, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  17. ezduzit757

    We better watch out or the GOP will have all women wearing burkas

    March 2, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. BobRayTalbot

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! What a Rush!!

    March 2, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. Frank

    All of you whom are worrying about what one man said on a radio station. How immature are people whom just focus on a lie then the truth. A lie trying to get all of you fighting amounts yourselves...All of this is a lie, to women, to all of us whom respect and appreciate America. All of you are one sided, because of Limbaugh's comments how about previous comments towards Sarah Palin....Anyone, how about those despising comments...Very one sided here...A war against women, what a lie, I can understand breast cancer and other difficulties, but contraception....Are you kidding me....All of you are immature....

    March 2, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. TigersClaw

    Limbaugh is a fat, mean, drug addicted extremist – but one the Republican Party is scared to death to criticize. That's what makes the Republicans so dangerous. It's the people to whom they are beholden.

    March 2, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. Bessy

    4 of the fat pigs advertisers pulled out today. Happy to hear that. I would like to see him pulled off the air. Can anyone confirm that Century 21 is one of his advertisers ?

    March 2, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Rush just found out even viagra doesn't help anymore and his gay friend breitbart just died. Of course he's furious

    March 2, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Frank

    Anyone want to discuss real problems....Be my guest but this......Come on..Grow up people.....

    March 2, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. cento

    Lets see here... Fluke is hot, young, and a liberal in law school, totally my type of girl. Rush is fat, old, and probably has high cholesterol from all the greasy meats he eats. Rush needs to retire to his Florida mansion, where he can play bingo with all his other baby boomer friends.

    March 2, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Jimbo

    This old, fat, bald, druggie is a joke. His time has come and gone. It's all over when the fat man sings.

    March 2, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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