Sandra Fluke Opening Statement (C-SPAN) (by CSPAN)
TW: Video discusses rape victim; comments on video link very derogatory
What makes me sick about the comments on the video and the comments Rush Limbaugh made about Ms. Fluke is that this video (her statement) never once discusses recreational sex. It talks about the medical need for birth control.
I still think women should have affordable access to bc regardless, but this issue hits home for me because I have PCOS like Sandra’s friend. Before my prescription deductible is met, I pay about $95 a month (28 days) for birth control. If I did not have health insurance that did not cover birth control, it would be difficult for me to make it work while also paying for other medications. I’m so disappointed by the way people have chosen to react to her testimony and personal attacks that have been made against her by public figures.
After Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for testifying to Congress about the need for contraceptive health care coverage, the Georgetown law student became something of a lightening rod. Now President Obama has called to thank her. The President called Fluke on the phone just before her appearance on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC Friday, she told Mitchell, and offered words of support and an implicit rebuke of Limbaugh. This comes after Speaker John Boehner criticized the conservative radio host and at least one advertiser abandoned his show.
Fluke told Mitchell, “[Obama] encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women, and what was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents they should be really proud.”
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Allison Yarrow writes about how Fluke isn’t scared of Rush.
Also, watch Fluke’s testimony.
It’s important to point out that among President Obama’s biggest financial backers are precisely the Big Pharma companies who benefit from the mandate. Sally Sussman, head of government affairs for Pfizer, is one of his biggest campaign bundlers, who co-hosted a fundraiser for Obama on Thursday night. Pfizer sells numerous contraceptives that now must be covered by health-care plans. Obama’s financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry run deep. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he collected three times more in contributions from pharmaceutical manufacturers than John McCain, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Peter Schweizer takes a look at how Big Pharma is affecting the current debate over birth control.