Limbaugh Calls Sandra Fluke a “Slut” for Her Birth Control Advocacy

Update: On his next show, Rush refused to apologize and said that women who use insurance-covered birth control should post online sex tapes. President Obama called Sandra Fluke to express his support and House Speaker John Boehner called Limbaugh’s remarks “inappropriate.”  Now there’s a Twitter campaign to tell Limbaugh’s sponsors to drop their ads–three have done so. Join by Tweeting #FlushRushNow! You can find a list of sponsors here.

Yesterday, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke–the Georgetown Law School student who was not allowed to testify at a House Committee hearing on the religious exemption for contraception coverage–a “slut.” Limbaugh said on his show,

What does it say about the college [sic] co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.

Today, Democratic Congresswomen sent Limbaugh a joint statement of sharp rebuke:

[Fluke] courageously spoke truth to power. As a result, today, she has been subject to attacks that are outside the circle of civilized discussion and that unmask the strong disrespect for women held by some in this country.

Fluke issued her own statement:

No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices. The millions of American women who have and will continue to speak out in support of women’s health care and access to contraception prove that we will not be silenced.

Fluke came to national attention in mid-February when House Republicans refused to allow her to testify at a hearing on whether mandating insurance coverage of birth control violated “religious freedom.” Not a single woman was invited to speak at the main panel, opening Republicans to much subsequent ridicule. (Below, a new Funny or Die video lampooning the all-male panel of women’s health “experts”).

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House Democrats held another hearing on the subject, inviting Sandra Fluke as the sole witness. Fluke emphasized the importance of the Obama administration’s rule to ensure that students at Catholic schools, such as herself, have access to contraceptive coverage–both for birth control purposes and to treat a host of medical conditions, such as ovarian cysts and endometriosis.

Today, the Blunt amendment, which would have let religious institutions deny employees–or students like Fluke–full insurance coverage of contraception, was defeated in the Senate. But the fight will likely go on.

Sign here to tell Congressional Republicans you stand with Fluke and other students at Catholic colleges and universities who demand equal access to no-cost birth control coverage.

Photo: Screen capture of CSPAN.

Comments

  1. cathejo says:

    I see that we have alot of work to do. An old saying going around Facebook today said “Women need to know that their place is in the house…..and the senate”.

  2. All women should be outraged by Rush Limbaugh’s comments. He should be pulled off the air. His comments were dirty, filthy, and vulgar. He lacks any kind of respect for women. This should not be tolerated. Even with all the gains that women have made over the last 100 years, I can see that women still have not come a long way. Where is the outrage?

  3. Hilary McMurray says:

    Dear Rush Limbaugh – when I was 12, I had painful ovarian cysts. Many girls under the age of 17 suffer from this condition, as well as endometriosis, dysmennorhea, and a variety of other symptoms that are commonly treated with birth control pills. Do you want to see sex tapes of these 12 year old sluts? If so, your dysfunction goes far deeper than any of us ever imagined. Yours truly, Hilary McMurray, slut & prostitute.

    • There’s a difference between treating a medical condition with birth control, and using it for having lots of sex. Rush was talking about the latter.

      • So will every woman have to justify that her reasons are satisfactory according to Limbaugh or is it actually none of his (or anyone else’s) business?

        This is just about shaming women who enjoy sex, especially unmarried ones.

      • catherine maisey says:

        I have sad news for you Josh…little limp. could not differentiate medical reasons for using birth control over sex…because if you listen to the show again..you will hear him say that Sandra and her friends are having so much sex, that they are going broke trying to pay for contraception…other than condons, no birth control for women works like that…you DON’T take a pill everytime you have sex…you DON’T insert an IUD everytime you have sex…you DON’T get a needle everytime you have sex…what little limp, didn’t know was you take one pill a day, you insert one IUD for a year or more…you have one needle every six months or so…to prevent pregnancy…So Josh…you see, when it comes to female birth control, ole little limp.is stupid…btw, his comment about watching on the internet…is disgusting…we all know what he would be doing while watching…and he better be careful..in Maryland a congresswoman is attempting to have legislation passed to have personhood given to sperm…little limp. could be looking at prison time…

        • So Catherine, why the heck does it cost $3000? I’ve used the pill for medical reasons when I was young but only for a year or so. Then condoms and IUD. I didn’t spend $400 in 15 yrs. I didn’t to running to Congress to pay for anything…I like Lattes so maybe congress should pay for that.

      • And what, pray tell, is so wrong to use birth control in order to have lots of sex, HMMMMM?

      • Ummm…. only problem with your comment is that Fluke WASN’T exclusively talking about the latter in her testimony. She clearly brought out the legitimate medical needs of some women for birth control. It was Limbaugh who attempted to erect a straw man argument by coaching it as exclusively about “a wild lifestyle of sluts”.

  4. Since when does a voluntary act become a reason to provide free medical cxoverage. Health insurance does not pay for Viagra or other men’s sexual assistance unless it is diguised as therapy. However the use of name calling and verbal stupidity by Rush L. is not acceptable. He does not get a free pass to insult and verbally abuse someone who has a difference of opinion. I do not agree with SF on gov paying for the birth control but I respect her free speech rights. Rush drop[ the subject if you can’t respond with decency.

    • Iliana Echo says:

      First of all, since when is endometriosis or ovarian cysts or the like a “voluntary act”?

      Second of all, health insurance DOES cover Viagra most of the time.

  5. I don’t see anything wrong with these comments at all. How does saying wanting to be paid for contraception is similar to prostitution wrong at all. Him saying we want videos of this sex since we would be paying for it is not wrong at all. He is just saying we’re getting nothing in return for us paying someone to be promiscuous.

    • Josh – I’m not getting anything in return for a cancer patient receiving treatment covered by my insurance company. It doesn’t mean I think it should not be covered. Your dedication to medical insurance is disturbing. You only buy into the pool….you don’t own it. Your attitude is self righteous, vindictive, and stems from the idea that sex is bad and women should be punished for it. I hope you find a woman who has the same view as you. Or not. Good luck!

      • Seems like the man have all the same opinions around this-which proves even more that women need to be on panels to make the right choices about women’s health care. Not ignorant men who do not have the correct info..Lets put the MEN on birth control for those who are sexually active and see what happens when the men can’t get what they need. Get a life buddy!

        • Rik "ol' Lubey" Santorum says:

          Not all men have the same opinion. thats sexist. Also to josh, what limbaugh said is retarded because it imposes morals on other people. the amount of ur tax dollars that goes towards health care, let alone birth control is very very small. and to some women, these things are necessary for them to live normal life styles. what do you have against sex? if u were to ever get any (hand doesnt count) u wouldnt be so hell bent on keeping others from having it. its not the 50s anymore. grow up

    • We don’t get anything in return for the things that ANYONE does with their health insurance. You will never be able to see this from our point of view because you’ll never be in our shoes. How can you speak about something you’ve never experienced? And just because someone uses birth control doesn’t make them promiscuous. Many women, like myself, use birth control for other reasons – like regulating menstrual cycle. Should I have to pay just because my menstrual cycle is irregular? That’s a health concern. Irregular menstrual cycles can lead to other problems.

      And who are you to say what constitues promiscuity and whether or not women should be promiscuous at all? They can do what they want with their bodies. It is none of your or anyone else’s business.

  6. Fluke may not be a “slut” or a “round-heeled woman” but Rush makes a valid point about the fact that if she can not pay for birth control, she needs to either find a way to pay for it and stop making the hard workers that pay taxes pay for it. Or stop having sex! easy solution

    • Or the price of birth control could drop so women can more easily access it on their own. I dunno about you but the 50 bucks for a month hurts my bank a lot, and the only reason why it costs so much is to say to women that we should not have sex and if we do we should have no choice on the matter of whether or not to become pregnant.

      Don’t forget that Viagra is covered for men that can’t get it up. Why is that more important?

    • Rik "ol' Lubey" Santorum says:

      its not really hurting you to pay taxes for it and u get mad benefit from govt. Just cuz u cant defend urself from a mugger doesnt mean that the hard workers of your city that pay taxes should pay for it. learn some sort of martial art or stay strapped or just in general stop looking like a punk. word is bond dudes is stupid up in here

  7. If only retroactive contraception existed – Rush Limbaugh’s parents could have used it to stop him being conceived. If it wasn’t covered by insurance, it would have been worth the expense. As viagra is covered by most insurance companies, it’s unfair (to say the least) that men should be paid to have all the fun (following Rush’s logic that contraception enables women to be paid for sex) while women are denied the contraception needed to deal with the consequences. The same could be said of abortion. Clearly, Rush intends the word “slut” to be offensive, but it shouldn’t actually be a dirty word. All it means is a woman who has and, hopefully, enjoys sex – a concept with which Rush and others like him are, apparently, uncomfortable. I pity their wives, partners and daughters and hope they have the gumption to ignore the teachings of men like Rush.

  8. Anne Terese says:

    New Welfare Entitlement: Rush doesn’t have a problem when Viagra was “entitled.” It is still covered under insurance programs.
    DOES THIS MAKE MEN SLUTS???
    Equality is the key issue. Many women need contraception for medical reasons, many for reproductive reasons. Viagra is simply for a man’s pleasure! There is NO “MEDICAL” NECESSITY for Viagra but we, Americans, share the joint burden of providing these men with Viagra through payments to any insurance program. How is that not welfare entitlement? This is not a woman issue but an equality issue! We are not talking about FREE Contraception, but insurance covered contraception – especially for medical necessity.
    Secondly, how many men benefit from woman having contraception available? First, more sex – isn’t that what men are complaining about anyway? Second, less babies, thus the welfare roles will be down because their will be less unwanted pregnancies. Rush, you can’t have it both ways – Either let woman have their contraceptive covered equally as Viagra or pay for the unwanted babies — YOUR CHOICE!

  9. Roberta says:

    I find this all very amazing but so sad. This is actually happening and dollars being spent on this matter. I would rather see them on birth control for whatever the reasons may be (it is none of anyone’s business why) then to have a bunch of unplanned pregnancies. Sex is not a bad thing and really we are calling women “sluts” for enjoying sex…but yet they are having it with a man…is he a” slut” also? How about when insurance covers viagra to enable the male to have sex for pure enjoyment not even to avoid a potential problem from occurring I don’t hear disagreements over that. Why? Because it’s a MAN’S world and it’s time to put some women in control….men have messed things up for far to long :)

    • Rik "ol' Lubey" Santorum says:

      ush limbaughs fat ass is gonna be a bigger liability when he gets diabetes than any woman that needs birth control. or should we just let him rot. because eating all them donuts is a voluntary act.

  10. RL is terribly mentally ill. If sex tapes are important to the nut case, he could tape his own such activity. As for sex lives of others, it is NUNYA! NUNYA damn business.

    We must always boycott ALL sponsors of this creepy weirdo so he does not get air time again. He is a total disgrace to this nation.

    • Ralph Folarin says:

      let limbaugh talk. the more he talks, more people realize that this is what republicans do

    • Rush Limbaugh isn’t crazy, he’s just an asshole. It’s ableist to presume someone is mentally ill just because they’re shitty people.

      • I’m new to the whole ableism terminology (besides with what seems so obvious), so I’m really getting a new idea of the discrimination of people with disabilities, but that really makes a lot of sense.

        There’s really a difference between being ‘insane’ and just ‘evil.’ That’s why there’s a mental institution and a prison for the two, respectively.

  11. Carol McClellan says:

    I do not agree with Sarah but believe she should be able to have an opinion without the threat of being treated badly. I really hope all Limbaugh’s sponsors pull out and he’s taken off the air. He doesn’t deserve to be on the air if he can’t conduct himself in a manner that doesn’t remind me of a name calling bully.

  12. I am Sandra Fluke — Sandra Fluke is me – she is every woman – your mother -sister- aunt – daughter – you . I stand with Sandra Fluke

  13. We’re missing a point here and I think it’s critical to remember that in his tirade of bombast against the poised and eloquent Ms. Fluke, Rush Limbaugh offered a bargain. Limbaugh stated that in exchange for contraception, Ms. Fluke should record and post her sexual activities online, for public view. More simply stated “Birth control for porn”. How is it that this deal of the decade escaped the notice of Limbaugh’s advertisers? Are they in agreement with the proposal which has been put forth by their spokesman? Do they really want their brands associated with a shrill, bombastic misogynist?

    I also ponder the endgame of this recent denial of women’s health coverage which panders to a 19 century model of womanhood fostered by the most medieval religious orthodoxies. Rolling back the clock on half the population will not enhance the economy nor prepare the nation for the coming century. Use the 19th amendment this election cycle, vote against candidates who threaten or impede women’s’ hard fought rights to our bodies and our brains.

  14. finally people are starting to notice and not like what the republicant party is trying to do

  15. Josh……anything?

  16. As a conservative I can’t help but wonder how ppl can oppose abortion, and at the same time be so unwilling to help provide preventive solution for it. And I also find myself irritated that we pay for health coverage and yet are only denied the coverage.
    As a 37 yr old single male of 11 yrs I too enjoy having sex with women myself. Therefore I find it shameful that a over paid radio quack would be so unprofessional as to sit there and utter school yard insults about a person who in my belief is attempting to address an apparent problem in this country. We have a luxury in this country. It’s called freedom of speech, not freedom of insult. And i’ll also say as a male. I get sick of hearing the male gender constantly criticize our women on issues that do not always indirectly affect males.
    Rush! If that’s all you can find to talk about in this country, with all the disadvantages it faces. As with the suffering it holds. Then maybe u need to ignore the sex video’s and pay more attention to the more educational films.

  17. I’d think in the least, women making reasonably responsible choices such as birth control to prevent pregnancies would make them anything but “sluts.”

    And I don’t want there to be double-standards here, so the same goes to men with their condoms (which also help to prevent most STDS), but in the Limbaugh’s mind, only women should be condemned for an act that takes two to tango.

  18. Maybe Josh has figured out that his insurance $$ do in fact pay for LimpBow’s and all the OWG politicans’ Viagra so they can get it up with their invariably blonde plasticine wives/mistresses? Where are their tapes posted?? Oh wait …no, just NO.

  19. 1) I would like to point out that the women who are “sluts” are not having sex with themselves. There must be a reciprocal male partner doing the act with them. I can’t think of many men who would respond positively to the advice of “stop having sex”.

    2) The conclusion that covering birth control will lead to every woman becoming a slut is illogical. Giving me birthcontrol is not a free ticket to wild sex every night with a new man. True there are women like that but they lack the moral restraint regardless of whether birthcontrol is provided or not. They will do as they will and probably recognize to purchase birthcontrol on their own. However, there are many women in a longterm monogamous relationship that want to have sex with their significant other without having a child. Where is the fault in that? Also, a lot of my friends, myself included, use birth control to alleviate the symptoms of periods. Guys don’t understand but for some women periods are brutal. I have been hospitalized at one point because I passed out and began hallucinating or I have to skip my classes because I can’t move from cramps. That is when I turned to birth control. Tell me the fault there.

    3) Limbaugh’s comments were not targeting Fluke’s argument. He has the right to disagree with what she has said but, quite frankly, I find his comments vulgar and extremely disrespectful. NO, you may not have a video of me and my boyfriend you perv. He attacked characteristics of a fake woman he has imagined, he has no insight of Fluke’s life and no basis to make his comments. Everything he said reeked of fallacies.

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