Rush Limbaugh and the “War against Women” [Poll]
Rush Limbaugh made it into the news again. This time because he disparaged a Georgetown University Law student by the name of Sandra Fluke. In the video below, you can watch Rush ponder if Mrs. Fluke is a “slut,” or simply “round-heeled,” for wanting the public to pay for her contraception.
Nearly everyone (including myself) thought that Rush crossed the line. While all of this was going on, Rush’s opponents carried out an intensive, and partially successful, campaign to get Rush’s advertisers to leave him. President Obama even called Mrs. Fluke to offer his words of comfort, likely to draw more outrage and attention to his rival. Finally, Rush issued an apology on Saturday saying, “In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.”
Here are Fluke’s original comments.
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If you watched the video, I think you will see that Sandra Fluke made some foolish statements as well. Fluke argues that contraception can cost a female law student $3,000 over the course of her degree. Law school lasts three years so that would bring the out-of-pocket cost of contraception to $1,000 a year. As Craig Bannister points out, if one were to purchase condoms (the lowest cost form of birth control) $1,000 would purchase enough condoms to allow one to copulate 2.75 times a day for an entire year. That figure assumes that one does not pick up any free condoms from Planned Parenthood or other similar services found near and around college campuses. It should be noted here that the insurance at Georgetown University does cover prescription contraception for non-contraceptive purposes (such as ovarian cysts, polycystic ovarian syndrome, etc.). So, the type of care that Ms. Fluke is talking about when she speaks about the $3,000 bill must be for contraception. Although the price tag Fluke asserts is absurd, and deserves some criticism, it certainly doesn’t warrant what Rush said.
In the uproar over this issue, many people have called into our station suggesting that Rush is part of a “war against women” and that KGVO should stop carrying him because of these recent comments. I want to know what you think.