Sandra Fluke: ‘Romney Offers Only Dangerous Promises’
3:45 pm, August 8th | by Laura Donovan
The dust has settled on the Sandra Fluke-Rush Limbaugh debacle, and the Georgetown law graduate appears ready to address it again — and in a manner that shows how President Barack Obama is capable of making the country a better place for women, unlike rival Mitt Romney.
In a Huffington Post column titled, “Why I’m Standing With President Obama Today,” she writes, “[T]hanks to Obamacare, 47 million nationwide [women] are starting to get preventive care, like cancer screenings, well-woman visits and contraception, at no cost.”
Fluke doesn’t have the same kind of praise for Romney, though:
“Mr. Romney offers only dangerous promises to roll back these rights. I’m going to take him at his word — and every woman in America should, too. On Obamacare, he says he’ll “kill it dead” on day one, eliminating mandatory coverage for lifesaving preventive care and once again letting insurance companies play by their own rules.
Mr. Romney has said over and over that he would “get rid” of federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which is a provider for more than 3 million people across the country who need cancer screenings and other basic health care. He also applauded a proposed law that would allow any employer, religious or not, to deny employees coverage for any medical service, not just contraception.”
She also takes issue with Romney’s response to the Limbaugh drama earlier this year and seems to argue that the GOP candidate did not adequately defend her as any decent individual would have done:
“When Rush Limbaugh called me a ‘slut’ and a ‘prostitute’ for speaking about medical needs for contraception, Mr. Romney could only say that it ‘wasn’t the language [he] would have used.’ If Mr. Romney can’t stand up to the extreme voices in his own party, we know he’ll never stand up for women and protect the rights that generations of women fought so hard to ensure.”
I agree that Romney should have spoken out against Limbaugh’s sexist remarks, but can she really prove that this one example means Romney will “never stand up for women”? I’m not sold.