Sandra Fluke to Visit Penn State Next Week
Sandra Fluke, known for her congressional testimony on birth control which was followed by controversial statements from Rush Limbaugh, will be speaking at Penn State on “Making Our Voices Heard” next Tuesday, March 19.
Fluke was not allowed to testify about birth control to the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, but later spoke to the House Democrats Steering and Government Reform committee about the importance of Catholic institutions providing birth control. She discussed that birth control is used for reasons other than contraception, and that birth control is often used by women who have health problems.
This prompted conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh to say the following on his show, “[Fluke] 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. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”
Fluke grew up not far from State College in Saxton, PA, and she graduated from Cornell University and Georgetown Law School. She continues to work as an advocate for women’s rights, and she has represented victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking.
Fluke will be speaking in the Berg Auditorium, located in the Life Sciences building on March 19 at 7 p.m. The event is free.