Rush Limbaugh devoted much of his three-hour radio show today and yesterday to sexist ad hominin attacks on Sanda Fluke, the Georgetown Law student whom House Republicans didn’t let testify at last week’s contraception hearing. Limbaugh unleashed a thesaurus of sexist slurs at Fluke to his 15 million listeners, and now Fluke is speaking up. She released this statement:
We are fortunate to live in a democracy where everyone is entitled to their own opinions regarding legitimate policy differences. Unfortunately, numerous commentators have gone far beyond the acceptable bounds of civil discourse.
No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices.
The millions of American women who have and will continue to speak out in support of women’s health care and access to contraception prove that we will not be silenced.