Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student at Georgetown, testified in front of Democrats on Feb. 23, arguing that her health insurance coverage at Georgetown should cover contraception. Fluke said birth control costs came to about $3,000 a year.
Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh apparently wants to watch.
According to the New York Daily News, Limbaugh said, "So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here's the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want you to post the videos online so we can all watch."
Limbaugh had called Fluke a “slut” and a prostitute for her stand on birth control on Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. On Thursday he went a step further, saying, “I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.”
Politico reported that Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) walked out of an all-male House hearing on the coverage rules Thursday morning, accusing Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of manipulating committee rules to block Fluke from testifying.
Issa maintained that Fluke was turned down because she was "not found to be appropriate or qualified" to testify about religious liberty. Mahoney told the Huffington Post, "I am just aghast. It's an attempt to silence people that are speaking out for women."
According to Politico, Fluke said Limbaugh’s comments went “outside the bounds of civil discourse.” Fluke said, “Initially you’re stunned, then very quickly you’re outraged. This is historically the kind of language used to silence women especially when they stand up and say that these are their reproductive health care needs.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has asked Republican leaders to denounce Limbaugh. The Huffington Post reported that more than 75 Democratic legislators signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) about Limbaugh's remarks, calling it “an abuse of the public airwaves.”