I’ve been following the Sandra Fluke Sur-Reality Show this week.
First, the Georgetown“co-ed” appeared at a congressional hearing. She testified that she and her female classmates not only need contraceptives, they need them paid for by the taxpayers.
Then, Rush Limbaugh weighed in on Fluke’s testimony, indelicately characterizing her as a “slut” and a “prostitute.”
Then, Fluke went on NBC’s “The Today Show” to express her outrage at the conservative talk show host’s name-calling.
And, oh yes, she disclosed that she was not, in fact, the 23-year-old ingénue portrayed in fawning news accounts, but a 30-year-old aspiring barrister who previously served as president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
Then, President Obama himself dropped Fluke a line to make sure she was doing okay after being verbally battered by Rush.
He also wanted her to know her parents should be proud that she is such an exceptional, youngish spokeswoman for taxpayer-funded birth control on demand.
With all the twists and turns in Fluke’s story – how she got seven year older in a week, how Rush made her a cause celebre among liberal Democrats, how she became Obama’s new BFF – hardly any news reports have noted the most remarkable aspect of her congressional testimony:
The Georgetown law student mentioned several female classmates, and female students at other schools, who need contraceptives, but can’t afford to pay for them. Those women need taxpayer-funded birth control not because they sleep around, according to Fluke. But, supposedly, to address health issues that have nothing to do with sex.
She mentions a 32-year-old lesbian friend of hers at Georgetown who has polycystic ovarian syndrome and “has to take prescription birth control,” she said, to stop cysts from growing on her ovaries.
“Perhaps you think my friend’s tragic story is rare,” Fluke told lawmakers. “It’s not.”
She mentioned a woman who told her doctors believe she has endometriosis. But it can’t be proven without surgery so her insurance carrier is unwilling to cover her birth control meds.
And she mentioned yet another “friend” with polycystic ovarian syndrome (there must be some sort of epidemic on the Georgetown campus). The woman “is struggling to pay” for her birth control meds, said Fluke, and is “terrified to not have access to it.”
Much of the mainstream media blithely accepted the Georgetown law student’s testimony with no skepticism whatsoever.
But the fact is that the overwhelming majority of women in this country who use prescription birth control do so not to treat some medical condition like polycystic ovarian or endometriosis, but to prevent pregnancy.
Of course, sexual abstinence is the very best way for unmarried women like Fluke, like most of her Georgetown classmates, to avoid pregnancy, to avoid sexually transmitted diseases.
However, if they insist on promiscuous sex, if they need birth control to prevent them from getting pregnant, they should pay for their contraceptives themselves.