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. TR808

    Green Day nailed it in their song, American Idiot.

    Unfortunately that's what most Americans are. All this is a distraction from the real problems in the country: economy, erosion of liberty, class division.

    March 2, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. GOP is dead

    Have you read the testimony? Less than 4 pages, full of personal stories of friends medical issues treated by these medications. And what happens when old men make the rules. Don't believe any women would vote Republican after reading the testimony. Rush should be ignored and forgotten.....

    March 2, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Goof

    I will listen to Rush only to learn the names of the sponsors. I will shop elsewhere.

    March 2, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. HeroicSlug

    To be perfectly honest...

    The first thing I thought when I heard about this whole "give us free birth control" thing was:

    "Oh, so now they want others to offset their slútiness?"

    March 2, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Independent.

    To the Feral Conservative

    A feral child (also, colloquially, wild child) is a human child who has lived isolated from human contact from a very young age, and has no (or little) experience of human care, loving or social behavior, and, crucially, of human language.[1] Some feral children have been confined by people (usually their own parents); in some cases this child abandonment was due to the parents' rejection of a child's severe intellectual or physical impairment. Feral children may have experienced severe child abuse or trauma before being abandoned or running away. Others are alleged to have been brought up by animals; some are said to have lived in the wild on their own. Over one hundred cases of supposedly feral children are known

    March 2, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. gwats

    Go for it, young lady!

    March 2, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. Sam

    Awesome, it's not too late for the GOP to get Limbaugh into the race!

    March 2, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. wren

    You have never given birth–and then had to give your child up -what the heck do you know-RUSH–are you a woman? BUTT OUT!! this is none of your business! When you carry a baby and give that child up – I might listen to you! It is THE most painful thing a womam goes through-but YOU know MORE about this than women??

    March 2, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  9. Bugpucker

    3K for contraceptives, this girl is ridiculous and anyone who buys into her spin, like Obama.

    March 2, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. Paul

    I dont approve of what Rush said, but I certainly dont hear any on the left condemning Bill Maher or similar when they attack women on the right....but lost in all this is the absurdity of Fluke's entire testimony. Is this what we have come to in this nation? Im supposed to shed tears (and tax dollars) for some "poor" G-Town law student who had to face the trauma of not being able to pay for her birth control? My goodness, ladies and gentlemen, where does it all end? Im sorry, but go buy a condom if you cant afford the pill. We truly have lost all sense of reason.

    March 2, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. ComeOnMan9

    Limbaugh is an entertainer. He had to say something egregious like this to keep ratings up. It is embarassing that idiots listened to this nonsense when the issue was availability of birth control on Catholic campus not a birth control susidy.

    March 2, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. Lougene

    The Democrats are using this peebrain moron to justifie their case, you know an i know she is getting paid under the table.or she wouldn't be taking on this horrible issure, thank about it.

    March 2, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

    Now Rush is a Neandrethal. But this silly law student from Georgetowon underscores why the LSAT is not a predictor of success after law school. A good lawyer might point out that the the Capo Di Tutti Dittos is an incredible hippocrite, by declaring that contreception is wrong, while declaring that he is "going to the parking lot to pick-up a box of Baby Blues (Oxycintins), while declaring that "drug addicts should be shipped off to detention camps in the desert. Will this weeping yiolet from Georgetown break down in tears when some Judge criticizes her legal reasoning? She should consider becoming a Stay At Home Mom!

    March 2, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. metoo

    CobiaHunter – totally correct. this little b-i-t-c-h is a plant by the Dems.

    March 2, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. cWhatsNew

    Limbaugh is just the worst shame of human-being, bringing down the level of civility of the entire America. He is not a human merely disagreeing with others.

    March 2, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  16. HeroicSlug

    The first thing I thought when I heard about this whole "give us free birth control" thing was:

    "Oh, so now they want others to offset their slútiness?"

    March 2, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  17. Howard

    Rush's comments pale in comparison to those vile public insults, which ran non-stop, towards Palin's daughter ... maybe it's time to return the favor to Obama's daughters !!!

    March 2, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. AthensGuy

    This seems to be the start of a very bright and successful legal and political career for this brave young lady. Way to go, Ms Fluke!!

    March 2, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. Chris

    I wonder how many women Fat Rush slept with in his life time?

    March 2, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. radio77

    This is the path to making Fox and Rush take notice...


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    March 2, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. bob

    Limbaugh is a ego maniac fat tool

    March 2, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. Katie

    The man is crude, rude, misogynist, and a hypocrite. Why anyone gives him the time of day is beyond me. If this is the voice of conservatism, the GOP is in serious trouble.

    March 2, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. bob

    Limbaugh is a ego maniac overweight tool

    March 2, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Keep at it, Republicans. Democrats need to take back the House, and those of you defending Rush are doing a bangup job of providing us with ad material.

    March 2, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  25. weluvtheUSA

    Why hasn't Fluke said anything about what Bill Mahr called Sarah Paln? Is it all about publicity for Fluke?

    March 2, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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