Sandra Fluke is a student at Georgetown Law. She's also a "reproductive rights activist" who agrees wholeheartedly with the Obama administration's controversial contraceptive mandate. Her reasoning, though, is likely to enrage some critics.
During a testimony in front of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on Monday (a meeting that was held by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi), Fluke -- who was coincidentally the only witness heard -- described the financial constraints that purchasing birth control puts on her peers.
"Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy,” Fluke said, referring to the fact that the university doesn't pay for contraception. "Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school."
She detailed, among other stories, how one woman felt "embarrassed" and "powerless" at the pharmacy counter when she "learned for the first time" that contraceptives weren't covered by the university's health care plan.
Watch her complete testimony, below:
CNS News' Craig Bannister, though, challenged Fluke's $3,000 figure and came up with some pretty interesting numbers:
$3,000 for birth control in three years? That’s a thousand dollars a year of sex – and, she wants us to pay for it. [...]
At a dollar a condom if she shops at CVS pharmacy’s website, that $3,000 would buy her 3,000 condoms – or, 1,000 a year...
Assuming it’s not a leap year, that’s 1,000 divided by 365 – or having sex 2.74 times a day, every day, for three straight years. And, I thought Georgetown was a Catholic university where women might be prone to shun casual, unmarried sex. At least its health insurance doesn't cover contraception (that which you subsidize, you get more of, you know).
On his radio show this morning Glenn Beck and his co-hosts called the commentary "mind-numbing," "insane," and characterized Fluke's words as "unmitigated gall," among other statements (read more of Bannister's analysis and commentary here).
Watch Beck and company discuss the issue:
This isn't the first time Fluke has made her voice heard in the halls of Congress. Earlier this month, The Blaze reported about Democrat Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Norton (D-DC) and their anger over the lack of female witnesses present at a previous contraceptive hearing.
The congresswomen wanted Fluke to be permitted to speak at the event, but Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) declined to allow it, stating that Fluke was not an expert in religious freedom, which was the issue being investigated.
Fluke, though, responded by claiming that women should be included in the discussion. She also alleged that a friend of hers died because of a lack of access to contraception and accused Issa of silencing the people who have the most authority to speak on the subject.
(H/T: CNS News)