First Amendment or not, Rush Limbaugh should simply not be allowed to speak anymore. The bigoted political commentator has once again succeeded in insulting women and pissing a lot of people off. This time, he has called a Georgetown law student a slut for advocating for easier access to birth control and contraceptives for women. So, clearly, all women who use birth control are sluts, Mr. Limbaugh? Then what does that make you if you’ve ever used a condom?
Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student, testified at an unofficial hearing last week led by Nancy Pelosi, arguing that birth control should be covered at religious institutions by health insurance. She said that students at Georgetown (which is a Jesuit University) have to pay up to $1,000 a year for birth control because campus health plans don’t cover it. Rush Limbaugh, of course, took this to the extreme, saying: “She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.” That has to be one of the dumbest comments anyone has ever made, ever, and it’s not even worth analyzing. Fluke, a women’s health activist, said her friend lost an ovary because of the lack of contraceptive health care.
Limbaugh is on his fourth marriage, after all, so you’d think he would have learned something about women by this point. But he hasn’t. He refused to issue an apology (big surprise), saying: “What I said yesterday about Susan FlukeÂ—or Sandra Fluke, whatever her name is…said she’s having so much sex, she’s going broke buying contraceptives and wants us to buy them. I said, ‘Well, what would you call someone who wants us to pay for her to have sex? What would you call that woman? You’d call ‘em a slut, a prostitute or whatever.'”
Well, gee, you’re right, Mr. Limbaugh. Because abstinence is realistic, especially in college. Most health care centers have a basket of condoms for students to use. People have sex all the time, Mr. Limbaugh, but clearly you’re not getting any.
Furthermore, he said that the public should “get something” in return for paying for their contraceptives. He said that people should have to post their sex videos online so everyone can watch.