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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Limbaugh Apologizes, But A Congresswoman Wants You To ...

Women's History Month is starting off with a bang.

After the latest ridiculousness from shock jock Rush Limbaugh caused such a stir from everyone who is human, Limbaugh in an attempt to be one himself, issued an apology (after about ten sponsors withdrew their advertising dollars) to Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student, whom he called a "slut" last week on the national airwaves, and said he wanted to watch "her have sex".

In his apology Limbaugh said:
"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."
Members of Congress, and perhaps even you, aren't buying that sentiment.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz isn't buying Limbaugh's actions and responded to the Limbaugh madness in an email to constituents that reads:

"So, here's the latest in the GOP's attack on women's health:

Rush Limbaugh is now leading the charge, waging a series of ugly attacks on a Georgetown law student named Sandra Fluke, who bravely testified in Congress to protect a woman's access to contraception and preventive care.

His response? He called her a "slut" who "wants to be paid to have sex," adding, "she's having so much sex, she can't afford the contraception." He neglected to mention that Sandra was testifying about her friend who was denied birth control she needed in order to stop ovarian cysts from growing.
Displaying a stunning lack of leadership, Mitt Romney wouldn't denounce Rush's point of view, saying, "I'll just say this, which is, it's not the language I would have used."

Our President -- on the other hand -- called Sandra yesterday to thank her for speaking out for women.

As Democrats, we rally around and support the people who put themselves on the line for the things we believe in. Right now, we need to stand with Sandra.

The attacks coming from the GOP on women's health are way over the line -- and very dangerous.
Mitt Romney has come out in support of the "personhood" amendment, which would have outlawed some forms of birth control and even in-vitro fertilization. Rick Santorum declared contraception is "harmful to women." It's happening at the state level, too, like the bill Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is about to sign into law that will force women considering abortions to have ultrasounds, and require doctors to ask them if they'd like a picture.

If we don't speak out, it'll continue.

We didn't fight as hard as we did for health care reform just to have key progress for women repealed by GOP politicians, like the Blunt-Rubio amendment would have done. And we didn't fight as hard as we did for women's rights just to have radio "entertainers" like Rush Limbaugh viciously attack women who stand up for the care they need.

Rush Limbaugh said Sandra's parents should be ashamed of her. President Obama told Sandra that her parents should be proud, continues the email.

We're proud, too, because she's fighting for all of us."

And of course this message doesn't come without asking supporters for a donation. Wasserman (and the DNC) want you to click the below link, and ..

Sidenote:  We're still trying to figure out why the president never issued a public statement on the death of Whitney Houston, but felt compelled to reach out to Ms. Fluke.  Both topics pose a threat to women's health.

We're guessing one item might help with his re-election, while the other will not.

Oh, the joy opportunities found in politics.

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