Talk show host, and leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, has issued a public apology to Sandra Fluke for derogatory comments he made against her a week ago.
Fluke had recently testified about contraception before a Democratic panel, which placed her in the conservative talk show host’s crosshairs.
Fluke, a law student at Georgetown University who was advocating for health insurance plans to cover the cost of contraception, became the target of a series of attacks by Limbaugh. Besides calling her a “slut,” he also called her a “prostitute,” said that he wanted her to make sex tapes and post them online, and speculated that she only had a problem paying for contraception because she was having “so much sex.”
Limbaugh — who has a long history of making incendiary remarks, and is not known to take them back — issued the rare apology on Saturday afternoon, saying he was “sincerely” sorry about his “insulting” characterization of Fluke. But he maintained that the birth control debate was about “personal sexual recreational activities,” not any broader health questions, and compared contraception to sneakers.
“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 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.”
Rick Perry is soaring in the polls as a GOP presidential candidate but his legacy as Texas governor continues to haunt him.
One of the Texas governor’s staunchest critics, the Guardian‘s Amanda Marcotte says the governor continues to demonstrate an open hostility toward sex education, family planning, and women.
According to Amanda, though Rick Perry is soaring in the polls as a GOP presidential candidate, his legacy as Texas governor continues to haunt him, especially when it comes to the issue of abortion rights and women in general.
Last week, a U.S. district judge blocked a “draconian anti-abortion regulation” Perry signed into law in May of this year.
The regulation would have required women seeking an abortion to view a sonogram and listen to the fetus’ heartbeat while a doctor rattled off a detailed description of the fetus’ anatomical development — and then forcibly ponder their decision for an additional 24 hours before an abortion could be performed.
The in-dispute regulation, in addition to Perry’s funding cuts to family planning programs, demonstrates his hostility to contraception, abortion rights, women’s health, and sex education. Here is an excerpt:
What’s truly alarming about the law is the searing contempt for women’s dignity and intelligence baked right into it. Women would be required to go through an uncomfortable, invasive vaginal probe sonogram in order to get the picture and audible heartbeat required. They would then be sent home 24 hours to “think” about the decision, putting the Texas government in the position of a schoolteacher sending women to the corner.
Probing “dirty girls” with vaginal wands and then punishing them as though they were naughty children? This seems like Perry and the Texas legislature have mixed up writing laws with scripting pornography. Unfortunately, for the women of Texas, these ritual humiliations dreamed up by Republican legislators aren’t actually sexy fantasies but miserable realities — but for a federal judge remembering that women, too, have constitutional rights.