Rush Limbaugh Calls Sandra Fluke, Woman Denied Spot at Contraception Hearing, a ‘Slut’

Rush Limbaugh called the woman who was denied the right to speak at a controversial contraception hearing a “slut” on Wednesday.

Rush Limbaugh has some harsh words for a college student who was denied the opportunity to testify at a Congressional hearing about President Obama's contraception mandate. Photo: The Heritage Foundation Think Tank/Flickr

Sandra Fluke, a student at Georgetown Law School, was supposed to be the Democratic witness at a Congressional hearing about the Obama administration’s contraception policy, reports The Huff Post.

Darrell Issa, the committee chair at the hearing, prevented her from speaking, while only allowing a series of men to testify about the policy.

Fluke eventually spoke to a Democratic hearing, and talked about the need for birth control for both reproductive and broader medical reasons. She mentioned in particular a friend of hers who needed contraception to prevent the growth of cysts.

Following Fluke’s controversial testimony about the alleged cost of birth control, conservative talk radio hosts Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have been having a field day, tells The Blaze.

Specifically, they take issue with the piece of Ms. Fluke’s testimony where she claims birth control can cost over $3000 over the course of law school — a claim which would only be true if a particular student had sex at least three times in a single day using condoms.

In response to Fluke’s claim that a friend had felt “powerless” upon learning that her insurance policy didn’t cover contraception at the pharmacy counter, Glenn reacted with outraged incredulity, mimicking a store-wide announcement on the subject to demonstrate the absurdity.

“She’s standing there, first time. ‘Attention, shoppers. This skank cannot have contraception.’” Pat chimed in, “Sl*t in aisle 4. Sl*t in aisle 4.”

“Can you imagine if you were her parents how proud…you would be?” Limbaugh said. “Your daughter … testifies she’s having so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills and she wants President Obama to provide them, or the Pope.”

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] 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,” he continued.

Limbaugh then said, “ok, so she’s not a slut. She’s round-heeled.” “Round-heeled” is an old-fashioned term for promiscuity, explains The Huff Post.

House Democrats went after Rush Limbaugh Wednesday for his attacks on the student.

Behind House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the Democrats said Limbaugh’s remarks were uncivilized and misogynistic. According to The Hill, they’re asking Republican leaders to denounce the popular conservative radio host.

The Democrats said that Limbaugh’s attacks “are outside the circle of civilized discussion and …  unmask the strong disrespect for women held by some in this country.”

“We call upon the Republican leaders in the House to condemn these vicious attacks on Ms. Fluke, which are in response to her testimony to the Congress,” they added.

Pelosi and the Democrats are hoping such statements from conservatives will help them with Independent voters – particularly women – in November.

“Democrats will always stand up for women’s health and women’s voices,” their statement concludes.

Aside from Pelosi, Democratic Reps. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.), Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.), Elijah Cummings (Md.) and Diana DeGette (Col.) – as well as Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D.C.) – endorsed the message.

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