Limbaugh Defends His Attacks On Sandra Fluke, Claims Nobody's Asking Her About "Backing Off The Amount Of Sex" She Has
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From the March 2 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:
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LIMBAUGH: Let me explain what's going on here. You -- you caught this midstream. And you're saying, "What the heck is this?" Now, I don't want to go through the entire chronology because that would take too much time. I actually did some of that in the first half hour of the program. I think one of the best ways to illustrate what's happening here is, we've got a news story, a woman, a law school student at Georgetown, has it reported about her that she's having so much sex, she can't afford her birth control pills anymore. Out of nowhere, this woman surfaces -- actually, not out of nowhere. She surfaced after Obama mandated that the Catholic Church and its schools give away contraception free of charge. The Church objected. Obama supposedly relented and said, "OK, OK, you don't want to? I'll make the insurance companies do it." He can't make anybody do it. It's a violation of First Amendment. The Democrats, desperate in search of an issue to tar and feather and impugn the character of Republicans with -- Obama's trailing in the polls badly with women -- decide to dig up, from their grooveyard [sic] the meme that Republicans hate women. They've actually got a chapter in their playbook, "The war on women and how to blame the Republicans for it and how to manufacture it." A war that doesn't exist. Republicans don't hate women, are not at war with women, and never have been. It's absolutely absurd.
So they -- Congressman Issa wants to have hearings over the unconstitutionality of Obama's mandate that churches and schools, religious schools, pass out abortion pills, contraception pills and the [sic] so forth. The Democrats turn this into a hearing about Obamacare and health care and an attempt to create a new welfare program, and that is birth control pills for women. And they do it on the basis that the Republicans want to deny contraception to women, which isn't true. It's never been stated. There isn't one Republican who's interested in this. It's all manufactured.
They tried to get Fluke to testify. She was not allowed to testify because it was not about women at Georgetown who have so much sex they can't afford birth control. It was about Obama. The Democrats -- women -- on the committee said, "Well, this is outrageous. This is misogynistic, and this is discriminatory right here! They won't let a woman witness come testify." And it was never about that. So Pelosi arranges her own press conference for the woman. And the woman makes it clear, her name is Sandra Fluke, she's having so much sex she can't pay for it, and we should. She's having so much -- she gives the numbers. $3,000 worth of birth control pills worth of sex. She's paying anywhere from $35 to $50,000 a year to go to Georgetown, $20,000 for room and board, can't afford the $1,800 to $3,000 a year for birth control pills and wants us to pay for it.
I said, what does that make her? She wants taxpayers -- the Democrats want -- now want to create a welfare entitlement program where we provide birth control pills. Because pregnancy is an illness. Pregnancy is a women's health issue. So the woman comes forth with this, frankly, hilarious claim that she's having so much sex, and her buddies with her, that she can't afford it.
And not one person says, well, did you ever think about maybe backing off the amount of sex that you have? Do you ever think maybe it's your responsibility for your own birth control, not everybody else's? Nobody raises those questions. Amazingly, when there is the slightest bit of opposition to this new welfare entitlement being created, then all of a sudden, "We hate women. We want them barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen," all of these other things.
And so, that's where we are. And now, the end of this week, I am the person that the women of America are to fear the most. What can I do to the women of America? Do I have the power to raise their taxes? I do not. Do I have the power to regulate their behavior? I do not. Do I have the power to make health care decisions for them? I do not. Do I have the power to withhold birth control pills from them? I do not. Do I have the power to audit their tax returns? I do not. Do I have the power to take their little 4-year-old kindergarten student's lunch and throw it away and make them eat something else? I do not. Do I have the power to look into their personal life and leak the information to the media? I do not. Is there one bit of freedom that I can deny them? Can I raise their taxes? They want to blame me as being the person they should fear when, in fact, the people doing all these things I just said I have no power to do -- the Democrat Party, that's who everybody's afraid of in this country.
More and more people -- you know that story, the 4-year-old girl who had her lunch taken by the federal agent? Those stories happen. Have you noticed the people involved don't want their names known? Who are they afraid of? They're afraid of the Democrat Party. They're afraid of the Obama administration. The Obama administration will take away your birth control. And if you let them do that, they'll tell you when you can and can't take it, and then they'll tell you when you can't have sex, and then they will tell you when you can or cannot have an abortion. You give them this power, that's what they want. I can't do any of this.