Is Sandra Fluke, the 30-year-old Georgetown law student who testified before a Congressional panel in late February, a fake victim used by the Democrats to push free contraceptives?
Several posts in the conservative blogosphere seem to suggest just that.
A post at Jammie Wearing Fools notes:
For me the interesting part of the story is the ever-evolving “coed”. I put that in quotes because in the beginning she was described as a Georgetown law student. It was then revealed that prior to attending Georgetown she was an active women’s right advocate. In one of her first interviews she is quoted as talking about how she reviewed Georgetown’s insurance policy prior to committing to attend, and seeing that it didn’t cover contraceptive services, she decided to attend with the express purpose of battling this policy. During this time, she was described as a 23-year-old coed. Magically, at the same time Congress is debating the forced coverage of contraception, she appears and is even brought to Capitol Hill to testify. This morning, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, it was revealed that she is 30 years old, NOT the 23 that had been reported all along.
The Washington Post spoke to Ms. Fluke after Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) refused to let her testify in a hearing regarding religious freedom.
Democrats invited her to speak at that hearing, hoping that she would tell Republicans how much birth control meant to her. As the Post notes, the topic was so important to Fluke, she actually researched the school’s policy before enrolling:
Fluke came to Georgetown University interested in contraceptive coverage: She researched the Jesuit college’s health plans for students before enrolling, and found that birth control was not included. “I decided I was absolutely not willing to compromise the quality of my education in exchange for my health care,” says Fluke, who has spent the past three years lobbying the administration to change its policy on the issue. The issue got the university president’s office last spring, where Georgetown declined to change its policy.
The Daily Caller reported that Fluke has a long history of activism:
Fluke attended Cornell University from 1999-2003, where she received a B.S. in Policy Analysis & Management and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.
While at Cornell, Fluke’s organized activities centered on the far-left feminist and gender equity movements. Fluke participated in rallies supporting abortion, protests against war in Iraq and efforts to recruit other womens’ rights activists to campus.
During that period, she gained experience engaging in disputes concerning abortion with religious organizations.
An article at The Blaze also found holes in her narrative:
Though there aren’t links in the original post to the content mentioned, a little digging shows that it’s all true. Fluke has described herself as a third year law student at Georgetown University, and indeed, that is what she is. However, contrary to the narrative of innocent victimhood that portrays Fluke as a wide-eyed 23-year-old girl caught without contraception on a college campus full of predatory men, Fluke herself is really a 30-year-old women‘s rights activist who not only didn’t get caught without contraception at Georgetown, but specifically knew the university didn’t cover it and chose to attend for precisely that reason.
First, there‘s the matter of Fluke’s age. In a segment on Fluke’s battle with Rush Limbaugh, MSNBC reporter Anne Williams called Fluke “the 23-year-old Georgetown law student, prohibited from testifying.” Yet Fluke’s own Linkedin profile reveals a more mature woman…
That profile also reveals a woman with a long history of feminist activism.
The idea that she is an unwitting victim of a religious school is patently absurd. Yet that is the narrative Democrats are presenting to the American public.
It would seem that Fluke intentionally attended Georgetown for the sole purpose of agitating for her cause – contraception.
Her testimony caused a firestorm of controversy, especially after talk radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut.” Limbaugh issued an apology on Saturday, and added:
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities 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.
Democrats want us to believe that Ms. Fluke is a victim of mean, cruel religious organizations, but the reality is something quite different.
Instead of being a poor, downtrodden waif suffering under male oppression, she is a long-time agitator for feminist causes who allowed herself to be used as a propaganda tool by the Democratic Party.
As the post at Jammie Wearing Fools notes, Americans “are being played. She has been an activist all along and the Dems were just waiting for the appropriate time to play her.”
At the very least, Democrats owe Americans an apology for this dog-and-pony show. Ultimately, they should be voted out of office for perpetrating this fraud on the public.
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