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Limbaugh Bashes 3L for Backing Contraceptive Coverage; She Fires Back for his ‘Attack on All Women’

Posted Mar 2, 2012 8:17 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Updated: Rush Limbaugh is questioning the morals of a Georgetown law student backing contraceptive insurance coverage at religious institutions.

During his radio show on Wednesday, Limbaugh criticized Sandra Fluke, the 3L barred from testifying at a congressional hearing on the issue last month, according to the ABC News blog The Note, the New Jersey Star-Ledger and the New York Daily News.

Fluke later testified at a hearing sponsored by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, saying contraception can cost Georgetown law students as much as $1,000 a year. This was Limbaugh’s reaction:

“Three thousand dollars for birth control in three years? That’s a thousand dollars a year of sex—and, she wants us to pay for it. … They’re admitting before a congressional committee that they’re having so much sex they can’t afford the birth control pills! …

“What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.”

Fluke later released a statement criticizing Limbaugh’s remarks. “This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices,” she said. “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.”

The Washington Post notes an appearance by Fluke on NBC's "Today," in which Fluke said she was "stunned" and "outraged" by Limbaugh's remarks, which she says are "an attempt to silence me, to silence all of us from speaking about the healthcare we need.”

Last updated at 11:15 a.m. to revise headline and add more reaction from Fluke.

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