by Sandra Fluke
Below is a transcript of the speech delivered by Sandra Fluke to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night:
Some of you may remember that earlier this year, Republicans shut me out of a hearing on contraception. In fact, on that panel, they didn’t hear from a single woman, even though they were debating an issue that affects nearly every woman.
Because it happened in Congress, people noticed.
But it happens all the time. Many women are shut out and silenced.
So while I’m honored to be standing at this podium, it easily could have been any one of you. I’m here because I spoke out, and this November, each of us must do the same.
During this campaign, we’ve heard about the two profoundly different futures that could await women.
And how one of those futures looks like an offensive, obsolete relic of our past.
Warnings of that future are not distractions. They’re not imagined.
That future could be real.
In that America:
Your new president could be a man who stands by when public figures try to silence a private citizen with hateful slurs.
Who won’t stand up to the slurs, or to any of the extreme, bigoted voices in his own party.
It would be an America in which you have a new vice president who cosponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die preventable deaths in our emergency rooms.
WATCH SANDRA’S SPEECH: