Testimony From Sandra Fluke and Limbaugh Apology: "A woman’s health takes a back seat to a bureaucracy focused on policing her body"
We had viewed Sandra Fluke's televised testimony live on February 23rd, but realized, sadly so, that many are hearing references to it that are not only preposterous but perhaps actionable, and those people might want to view the entire testimony. We've updated the post by including the printed apology byRush Limbaugh:
What follows are C-Span Video Library's recordings, a Limbaugh statement and Sandra Fluke's testimony:
A Statement from Mr. Limbaugh:
"For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke."
"I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities [Editor's Note: our bolding of the phrase] before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone's bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level."
"My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices."
Sandra Fluke's testimony.
We've included a link to the pdf released with the transcript of the testimony, as well as some portion of it:
"Leader Pelosi, Members of Congress, good morning, and thank you for calling this hearing on women’s health and allowing me to testify on behalf of the women who will benefit from the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage regulation. My name is Sandra Fluke, and I’m a third year student at Georgetown Law, a Jesuit school. I’m also a past president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice or LSRJ. I’d like to acknowledge my fellow LSRJ members and allies and all of the student activists with us and thank them for being here today.
"Georgetown LSRJ is here today because we’re so grateful that this regulation implements the nonpartisan, medical advice of the Institute of Medicine. I attend a Jesuit law school that does not provide contraception coverage in its student health plan. Just as we students have faced financial, emotional, and medical burdens as a result, employees at religiously affiliated hospitals and universities across the country have suffered similar burdens. We are all grateful for the new regulation that will meet the critical health care needs of so many women. Simultaneously, the recently announced adjustment addresses any potential conflict with the religious identity of Catholic and Jesuit institutions.
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