Georgetown University law student and women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke has dismissed Rush Limbaugh’s weekend apology for calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute” for calling for wider access (via insurance) to female contraception.
“I don’t think that a statement like this issued, saying that his choice of words was not the best, changes anything,” Sandra Fluke told ABC-TV’S The View today. “Especially when that statement is issued when he’s under significant pressure from his sponsors, who have begun to pull their support.”
The controversy over Limbaugh’s comments has led nine companies, including AOL today, to pull advertising from his radio show.
Fluke noted that other right-wing commentators, such as Glenn Beck, had blasted her as well.
“This was not one person who went crazy and made ‘funny,’ outrageous statements,” Fluke said. “This is evidently a segment of our political commentators who think that it’s acceptable in today’s society to say these things about women.”
Fluke noted that Limbaugh insulted her and the women of Georgetown University more than 53 times over three days on his radio show.
Rush Limbaugh issued an apology on Saturday after three days of personal assaults on Fluke, but she isn’t satisfied.
“(It’s) an attempt to silence me, to silence the millions of women and the men who support them who have been speaking out about this issue and conveying that contraception is an important health-care need that they need to have met in an affordable, accessible way,” Fluke said.