Tonight, the much-maligned Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke made her first appearance since testifying before Congress on the necessity of government mandated contraception. Appearing on Ed Schultz’s The Ed Show, Fluke was asked specifically to comment on radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s recent attacks on her for being a “slut” who wants taxpayers to pay for her sexual exploits.
Limbaugh doubled down on those comments today, tellingFluke and her supporters that if they want taxpayers to pay for them to have sex, they should post homemade porn as compensation. He also asked rhetorically, “Can you imagine if you’re her parents how proud of Sandra Fluke you would be?”
Fluke’s response can be seen below, as well as in the following block quote:
I guess my reaction is the reaction a lot of women have when they’ve been called these names. Initially you’re stunned but then, very quickly, you’re outraged because this is, historically, the kind of language that is used to silence women, especially women who stand up and say that these are their reproductive health care needs and this is what they need. And what’s been amazing to me today is the outpouring of support. Everyone from members of Congress to Georgetown faculty to so many women who’ve contacted me, and I think it’s clear from what they’ve said that they’re not going to be silenced by this.