• Thu, Sep 6 2012

Sandra Fluke Shames Republicans At DNC Over Women’s Rights And Birth Control

The women at the Democratic National Convention are quite simply kicking ass this week. First we had Nancy Keenan and Michelle Obama speaking on women’s reproductive rights (something the Republicans were too cowardly to do). Then last night we watched Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, give a moving speech about our bodies and our rights. And perhaps, the you-go-girl award of the week goes to Sandra Fluke for shaming Republicans for trying to silence her over birth control.

Fluke began by talking about the congressional hearing where Republicans tried to silence her and her right to discuss birth control:

Some of you may remember that earlier this year, Republicans tried to shut me out of a hearing on contraception. In fact, on that panel, they didn’t hear from a single woman.

The Georgetown University grad student went on to say that too many women are shut out of these important decisions. Obama and Romney will lead us into “two profoundly different futures,” she said. With a future under Romney being “offensive and obsolete” who won’t stand up for a women facing “hateful slurs” and where states “humiliate women.” In short, birth control would be controlled by people (men) who never use it.

Under Obama, Fluke said, women would be able to determine what happens with their own bodies. When a woman is verbally attacked, Obama stands by her and thinks of his own daughters, not donors or delegates. And instead of trying to silence her, he invites her to the Democratic National Convention. “That’s the difference,” she said.

As expected, the Twittersphere went crazy after Fluke’s in-your-face speech.

@kailijoy commented:

Look at all those people on their feet for Sandra Fluke. Chris Christie had to beg for that.

@politicoroger tweeted:

Sandra Fluke in prime time! Take that, Rush!

Fluke tweeted back:

THANK YOU for such a warm welcome! But thank you more for standing for #women!

Of course, not everyone was applauding for Fluke after last night.

‏@giannajessen tweeted:

sandra fluke, i am a woman, and i am not silenced, nor a victim. you’re the only kind of woman who tries to silence me. you will never win.

And ‏@ToddKincannon added:

I am woman, hear me whine. Sandra Fluke’s speech was the most hateful, strident, angry speech I’ve ever heard at a political convention. Ever.

Interestingly enough, the Republicans are not the only ones trying to silence Fluke. Both ABC and CBS did not carry her speech live last night. And of course, NBC was too busy airing NFL football.

Tell us what you think of Fluke and her speech!

In case you missed it, here it is:

Photo: politico.com

 

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  • gene beasley

    sandra fluke is just that ,a fluke.why should the tax payers pay for your birth control. i don’t care who you go with but you should pay your own way,including birth control.

    • MS GEO

      If you think this is simply about birth control and who is paying for it you need to go back and do some reading on the issues. Your comment makes you look stupid. You want to throw away your right to make your own decisions about your body marry a republican and he will tell you what to do and what to think. As for me I can make my own choices about my body thank you.

  • MS GEO

    How any woman can be a republican is a mystery to me. Not only are they trying to tell women what to do with their bodies and don’t want to hear what they have to say about it, they also voted no on equal pay for women. OPEN YOUR EYES GIRLS, THINK FOR YOURSELF!

    Why shouldn’t we be angry Todd? If They decided the best way to control birth rates was to cut your dick off and you had no say in it and the deciders were all women wouldn’t you be angry?

    How is she silencing you Gianna? Only one person can silence you and that is yourself.

  • Stacy

    Seriously, this issue is so much more than BC. Dismissing Sandra is shameful because she is speaking about our right to our own bodies. Why shouldn’t BC be covered? Why shouldn’t we allow for this to be paid for? I am confused by any woman supporting anti-woman legislation or conversations. You are the ones who should be ashamed.

  • Kate

    Medical treatments should be covered by medical insurance. Politicians, neighbors, and churches should not have the right to determine which medical treatments are needed by whom.

    On the other side of thinking (and I am embarrassed for typing this out, so please forgive me), the more birth control is available the less tax payer money is going towards caring for mothers during unplanned pregnancies, the children’s healthcare, education, and board. Access and education are key, any laws that take away from these programs are costing more money than they’re saving.

    I am shocked that women’s health is even an argument. Women are people. Women have medical needs. Women’s medical needs are different, but not less important than men’s.

  • Peggy

    I don’t believe any one is saying that woman can’t/shouldn’t have birth control. But why should the insurance companies or the government have to fit the whole bill. There is nothing wrong with a woman having to pay a $10.00 copayment. The democrats are good at trying to confuse these 2 issues.

    I need Lipotor and pay a price for that. Where’s my free prescription? And what about everyone else who needs prescriptions? Should they all be free?