Georgetown faculty condemns ‘personal attacks on our student, Sandra Fluke’


The following statement was signed by more than 250 members of the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center and published on The Nation website:

“The undersigned faculty members, administrators and students of Georgetown University Law Center and other law schools strongly condemn the recent personal attacks on our student, Sandra Fluke. Ms. Fluke has had the courage to publicly defend and advocate for her beliefs about an important issue of widespread concern. She has done so with passion and intelligence. And she has been rewarded with the basest sort of name-calling and vilification, words that aim only to belittle and intimidate. As scholars and teachers who aim to train public-spirited lawyers, no matter what their politics, to engage intelligently and meaningfully with the world, we abhor these attacks on Ms. Fluke and applaud her strength and grace in the face of them.”

Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia also weighed in on the controversy, saying it is important to keep the discussion civil

“One need not agree with her substantive position to support her right to respectful free expression,” said DeGioia.  ”And yet, some of those who disagreed with her position - including Rush Limbaugh and commentators throughout the blogosphere and in various other media channels - responded with behavior that can only be described as misogynistic, vitriolic, and a misrepresentation of the position of our student.”  

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Georgetown faculty condemns 'personal attacks on our student, Sandra Fluke'