Student gets Limbaugh apology
Right-wing talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, roundly criticized for branding a law student a “slut” over her support for President Barack Obama’s new policy on contraception coverage, apologized on Saturday for his “insulting word choices.”
The furor over Limbaugh’s comments, made on his influential radio program, prompted Obama to call Sandra Fluke, the 30-year-old Georgetown University law student and women’s rights activist, on Friday to express his support.
“My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir,” Limbaugh said in a written statement. “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”
Fluke, who has advocated making contraception available to all women, has been caught in the middle of a contentious election-year fight between Obama and Republicans over his policy that requires health-insurance plans to cover contraception.
Religious-affiliated organizations, the Roman Catholic Church and social conservatives have protested the policy as an infringement on religious liberty. An effort by Republicans in the Senate to overturn it failed this week.
Fluke told lawmakers in a Democratic House of Representatives hearing last month that students at Georgetown, the Washington, D.C., school that is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the country, suffered financial hardship because contraception was not covered by their health-care insurance. Her comments drew the ire of Limbaugh.
“What does it say about the college co-ed 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?” Limbaugh said on his show. “We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”