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. Bill Clarke

    Wow! Guys, we are all Americans! Let's ALL unite behind our great leader, Barack Obama, for the next 4 years! The other wanna-bees are just as that, "wanna-bees"!

    March 2, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. Teabagbilly

    So..... why is my comment being silenced? Because I used the same language as Rush Limbaugh?

    March 2, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Edward REad

    Seriously, did any of you listen to her testimony? Her testimony was primarily about the medical uses of contraception beyond the contraceptive use. Her testimony was about a fellow student with polycystic ovarian syndrome, that lost an ovary because she could not afford to purchase the pill which also happens to be a hormonal birth control pill, when the insurance company refused her coverage, which by the terms of the policy, should have been allowed since it was for a medical necessity.

    Limbaugh is wrong, and those of you siding with him on this are delusional.

    March 2, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. Namemaureen

    Yes not all companies cover contraceptives and not all women use them for the purpose of birth control. How many insurance companies cover "the little blue pill". Take that coverage away and we might have civil unrest

    March 2, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. Greyman

    Feral Conservative is obviously such a devoted, steadfast patriot, he/she cannot be bothered to do little things like actually READ the article.

    March 2, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. shut_up

    you wont be silenced until your having a banana

    March 2, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Ray E. (Georgia)

    We don't want your silence Sandra. We just want you to pay yiour way. You are famous now. Hope it wears well. You are practicing your freedom of Speech. So is Rush.

    March 2, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. Jesucrisco

    Limbaugh is the big, fat, ugly face of the GOP.

    March 2, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. MoeL

    Sandra Fluke: I am very happy to hear you will not be silent, good for you. I am another woman who will not be silent, and I am sure there are many many more American women who will not be silent on this issue...our voices will ring out loud and clear in November.

    March 2, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. jeff

    What stops them as in her and the 1% rich people that go to georgetown from buying condoms, You don't need a perscription and a 12 pack of condoms run about 15 bucks. or you can go to the local plan parenthood place and get condoms for free, heck you can go into any gas station and by for 1.00. If you remember her testtmony was a liberal democrat dog and pony show.

    March 2, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. dylan

    Slightly off topic, but why was Fluke testifying before Congress? Is she an expert in public health policy? What are her credentials that anyone should listen to her as opposed to any other random person on the street?

    March 2, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. bobby

    This guy who married 4 times and 3 ended in divorce – is he even qualified to talk about women? He is a shameless creature – that we should all be ashamed that he is born as a human who passed so disgusting comments about women.
    I hate to say this to others – what is the rationale that you have to follow and listen to him. I couldn't avoid but reading this news.

    March 2, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. Hard Justice

    CobiaHunter: What's your proof of this secret agenda? Cite your (CREDIBLE) sources. And what if she IS a women's right's activist? You say 'activist' like it's a dirty word. Susan B Anthony was an activist. MLK was an activist. The founding fathers were activists. Sticking up for one's rights IS activism, and patently American.
    Feral Conservative: You're not saying actually anything. You'd change your tune if legislation suddenly started affecting your ability to make free choices about your testes. Assuming you have any.

    March 2, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. hitobito

    Limbaugh is a pig. He dropped out of a third rate college after he flunked out. The fact that he is the "face" of the GOP is shameful and ludicrous.

    March 2, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. Patricksday

    I wonder who Rush Limbaugh takes his marching orders from, or is he back on the Oxy? Lets begin a national campaign demanding his apology or pull the plug on his Hate and the idiots who bow down to this madman.

    March 2, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. m

    People like blowhard Rush make me sick. He is the last person in the world to be telling anyone how to run their lives or what they should do. The guy is a 3 time loser when it comes to relationships, has had addictions and been in more controversy than anyone around. He is nothing but a loud mouth with a bunch of lemmings for listeners. He has become nothing more than a joke.

    What's even worse is that he makes men seem like real idiots. Fortunately most have enough sense like myself not to be associated with his views or rhetoric. It is time for old, loud men to stop telling everyone what they should do in their personal lives. Besides, has anyone noticed that nothing of the loud mouths have said there shouldn't be insurance support for Viagra?

    March 2, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. E

    feral conservative. For the 500th time, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TAX DOLLARS.
    And when you call someone a trollop simply for being on birth control you are calling most women that, including your daughters, your sisters and the majority of women you have ever met in your life. Change the name Fluke for the name of your wife, your mother and your daughters, because calling one user a $lut is the same as calling all users. So if you really believe it, go call them that to their faces.

    March 2, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. Dizzyd

    Seriously??? – I agree. Just look at Feral Conservative – where's Animal Control when you need 'em?

    March 2, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. give me a break!

    Although Rush's comments were harsh, it speaks the truth about the direction of our country. Want, want, want. This poor little law student can't afford "the pill"? It is busting her budget and therefore cannot afford food, shelter, or clothing? Give me a break! I put myself through dental school and worked two jobs, which is against school policy, to make ends meet. I sure didn't ask for a handout from family or friends and took absolutely nothing from the government or taxpayers. Dental school was a decision I made and I took the responsibility of providing for myself in those financially difficult times. To this poor little law student I say, "grow up"!

    March 2, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. kr

    Any fundraisers started to fight the liberal war on our Military Veterans? Afterall, democrats in Washington expect our veterance to pay more for their prescriptions while as for contracaptives? well, it will allow women like Ms Fluke here to have a loose lifestyle at the taxpayer's expense.....

    March 2, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  21. kr

    So, the liberal view is that military veterans should pay more for their prescriptions yet expect contraceptives handed out for free?

    March 2, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. Jz

    He is a fat disturbing idiot that causes trouble and loves to stir up trouble. I don't understand why people listen to 2 sec stint and I was done with him!

    March 2, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. stayintrue

    Ms. Fluke needs to enjoy her fifteen minutes of fame and go get her birth control pills paid for by the university she chose to attend. Geez – give it a rest. I'll pay for them. Just go back to your $60,000 dollar tuition, $350 dollar suits and do whatever you want in your private life. You are 30 years old woman – get on with it.

    March 2, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. Political

    @CobiaHunter, where'd you get your sources and what are those sources if that claim is factual. She's got to be the youngest looking 30 year old I've ever seen.

    March 2, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. Tony

    I am a Ronald Regan democrat and from the two choices that we have, I'm voting for Rick Santorum.

    March 2, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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