Updated at 2 p.m., via the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama has called a Georgetown law student whose stand on contraception coverage prompted Rush Limbaugh to deride her as a “slut” on his radio talk show.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama called Sandra Fluke Friday and expressed disappointment that she was the subject of personal attacks….
Carney says Obama believes Limbaugh’s comments were “unfortunate attacks.” Carney calls the comments “reprehensible.”
Original: Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student called a “slut” and “prostitute” by Rush Limbaugh for her support of women’s access to birth control got a chance to talk back this morning on NBC’s “Today.” Here’s the clip:
Fluke, a third-year law student, testified about Georgetown’s policy on contraception during an unofficial hearing last Thursday that was led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). She argued that birth control should be covered by health insurance at religious institutions.
Pelosi arranged for Fluke to testify after she was excluded from an official congressional hearing on the contraceptive mandate in the nation’s health-care law. Republicans who ran the hearing said Fluke’s name was submitted too late (Democrats disagree). None of the women who testified at the congressional hearing spoke in favor of the mandate.
At Pelosi’s hearing, Fluke said her fellow students at Georgetown, a Jesuit university, pay as much as $1,000 a year for birth control because campus health plans do not include coverage of contraceptives for women.
“What does that make her?” Limbaugh said on his show Wednesday night. “It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.”
“She wants to be paid to have sex,” Limbaugh continued. “She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.”
If you don’t think this has political repercussions, consider this just Tweeted by Amy Walter, political director for ABC News:
RT @mpoindc: President Obama just called Sandra Fluke in the green room before Fluke goes on @mitchellreports.
I’d be interested in hearing from Republican women on this one. In any case, please keep your comments polite, civil and clean. Many thanks.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider