Opinion by Patricia L Johnson
Even though I heard the words with my own ears, I still cannot believe Rush Limbaugh would say something so totally appalling. After five of his sponsors dropped him, he finally managed to apologize for his unacceptable behavior, but is it good enough?
IMHO – not in this lifetime!
Following is Rush Limbaugh’s, February 29, 2012, reaction to Sandra Fluke’s testimony.
“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan [Sandra] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right.” It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.”
Limbaugh further stated:
“If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it,” “We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
How can you even begin to comment on statements made by someone that appears to be so unbelievably perverted?
Today former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is now throwing in his two-cents on the subject:
Newt Gingrich says it was “appropriate” for Rush Limbaugh to apologize to Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke for calling her a “slut,” but he slammed the news media for its focus on the talk show host’s words.
What did Sandra do to Rush Limbaugh to ever deserve his wrath? This young lady had the audacity to testify before a small group of congressional leaders on February 23, 2012. The reason she was testifying on February 23, 2012, while the majority of congressional members were on break, is due to the fact the request for her to speak before the Republican-controlled House Committee during their hearing had been rejected.
Sandra’s testimony was important because it shed light on the fact birth control pills go beyond being just contraceptives and are often used to treat the following medical conditions, when symptoms warrant:
· Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
· Menstrual Cramps
· Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
· Heavy Menstrual Periods
· Birth control pills can also lower the chance of getting endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer and ovarian cysts.
Sandra Flukes testimony was about a friend who had to have an ovary removed because her insurance would not cover the cost of the birth control pills needed to stop the growth of cysts.
This young lady had to have a section of her reproductive organs removed due to the fact the powers to be, controlling her insurance coverage, don’t believe in contraceptive pills. The young lady’s right to bear children may be forever terminated because certain people in this country feel contraceptives conflict with some religious beliefs.
Statistics indicate 99 percent of the women in this country, have, are, or will be using some form of birth control in their lifetime. If the churches were able to get their point across that contraceptives should not be used by members of their church, that percentage would obviously not be so high.
The failure of women to follow the teachings of their church is simply a failure of the church to get their message across, but has nothing whatsoever to do with women’s health issues.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148 eliminates co-pays on contraceptives as of August 1, 2012, just as it eliminates co-pays on other medical expenses.
The 51-48 U.S. House vote on Senate Amendment 1520, an amendment submitted by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) to Senate Bill S.1813 was defeated and that’s what all the hype is about. The “intent” of this bill was to “protect rights of conscience’ by allowing various employers and/or health plans to opt out of payments for services that conflict with their religious beliefs.
S. 1813 is a bill to reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs and was introduced on November 7, 2011. S-1813 is what is known as a ‘jobs’ bill. If this bill ever passes it will be the first step towards putting people back to work in this country. In the interim, adding frivolous amendments to the bill, just wastes legislators’ time and taxpayer money.
The amendment starts off with a quote by Thomas Jefferson as follows:
(A) As Thomas Jefferson declared to New London Methodists in 1809, “[n]o provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority”.
That one sentence says it all “dearer to man”… hasn’t anyone bothered to tell our legislators that it’s no longer 1809 and women now have rights?
The rights didn’t come easy – some took until 2009. In 2007 the Republicans defeated the bill for equal pay for women. President Obama championed our right to receive equal pay for equal work and signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 into law, P.L. 111-2
Remember one thing when November 6, 2012 rolls around. Republicans want to take away women’s rights, as can be determined by the other four bills that are pending against contraceptives and the incredible number of lawsuits floating about regarding the rights provided under Roe v. Wade. It is their hope that one of these bills will make it to the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade will be overturned.
1809 came and went 200 plus years ago.
© Patricia L Johnson