Sandra Fluke, the darling of the leftist perspective in America's never-ending contraceptive debate, had a busy morning.
First, she had an op-ed published on CNN.com, in which she defended many of the same stances she's reiterated before on the women's rights front (the piece was entitled, "Slurs Won’t Silence Women"). Then, she appeared on the network, where she was greeted with a head-to-head match by The Blaze's Will Cain.
The two, of course, didn't agree on much. Cain, for instance, attempted to focus upon the real issue he sees at the center of the debate -- government mandates versus private institutions making their own determinations about health care coverage. In beginning of his dialogue with Fluke, Cain looked for common ground (via Mediaite):
"You used this word several times, 'access.' I hope you and I can agree on one term of this debate. And that is that no one is attempting to ban contraception or limit access and make it illegal for women to have this! The debate is about who should be providing it, who should be paying for it. Should employers determine what is involved in their compensation, determined in their health care benefits or should the government make certain requirements of employers? Can we agree that that is what this debate is about?"
Of course, "agree" was not something Fluke was willing to do so quickly.
"Well, not exactly," she countered. "I think there are multiple ways to limit access. Certainly making something illegal would be the most extreme form, but not covering it as a health care benefit the way other types of health care benefits are covered is another way to limit access and that’s what many women across the country are currently experiencing when they — even if they have insurance, co pays, can be as high as $50 a month, which is significant for a woman not making a lot of money."
Cain then took aim at this explanation, questioning whether other elements -- like gym memberships -- would also fall under Fluke's definition of "health care benefits."
Watch the Cain versus Fluke discussion, below:
Following Fluke's appearance, CNN host Soledad O'Brien railed against Cain's analogy about gym membership, calling it a "flawed analogy." Cain, though, defended his comments against her assault. CNN cut this portion out of the above clip.
Below, see the video in its entirety, with the O'Brien portion coming in around 4:40: