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Despite Hell having not frozen over, conservative shock jock and gaseous bag of wind, Rush Limbaugh apologized Saturday for being a horrible person.

(Jokes, all jokes he said.)

It was a rare apology (he’s not big on them), but it all came down to some lost sponsors and some “slut shaming” surrounding Georgetown Law Student Sandra Fluke and her testimony for Congress regarding birth control and why her university clinic should cover it.

Limbaugh, being Limbaugh, called Fluke a “slut,” wanting to be compensated for having sperm n’ egg conception-free sex, ignoring the fact that Fluke’s testimony was about the other non-egg fertilizing uses of birth control where it is medically necessary for many women’s health.

From Fluke’s testimony:

A friend of mine, for example, has polycystic ovarian syndrome, and she has to take prescription birth control to stop cysts from growing on her ovaries. Her prescription is technically covered by Georgetown’s insurance because it’s not intended to prevent pregnancy.

Unfortunately, under many religious institutions and insurance plans, it wouldn’t be. There would be no exception for other medical needs. And under Sen. Blunt’s amendment, Sen. Rubio’s bill or Rep. Fortenberry’s bill there’s no requirement that such an exception be made for these medical needs.

When this exception does exist, these exceptions don’t accomplish their well-intended goals because when you let university administrators or other employers rather than women and their doctors dictate whose medical needs are legitimate and whose are not, women’s health takes a back seat to a bureaucracy focused on policing her body.

Ignoring the fact that birth control – something that most thought was settled around the 1970s – is now part of our political debate…

Wait.

Don’t ignore that.

Why is birth control, something that we all thought was settled as a part of life post the sexual revolution of the 1960s, rather commonplace by the 1970s, and something I took as a 15-year-old virgin to regulate my horrible, no good, very bad menstrual cycle (you don’t want to know) CONTROVERSIAL?

I get why various forms of birth control and family planning were controversial in my grandmother’s day, back when getting your tubes tied was called “butchering”…but today? Now? And why?

Well, there’s an election, that’s why.

Right now the various GOP candidates for president are all in a race of who can “out-conserve” the other, and the winner of the ultra-religious conservative wing of the Republican Kingmakers is Rick Santorum. He’s Catholic, but rather than sounding like the wine-loving, birth control-using American Catholics I knew growing up in St. Louis, he’s chosen to hug hard the Apocalyptic, “We’re all going to die” death cult of the most hysterical of the Bible Belt, evangelical conservatives. The conservatives who want to refight the battles of the 1960s, believing that the real cause of the dip in the marriage rate and increase in the out-of-wedlock births is women wanting the right to vote, decide when to start a family, drive, divorce, drink and go to college (basically all the things women can’t do in Saudi Arabia).

(Obviously this has to be that, not the switch from a blue collar to white collar society, and all the financial inequity that comes with it.)

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  1. The current fixation on social issues in America is not necessarily manufactured expressly for a candidate’s political campaign; Rick Santorum has two books on social issues and family values. However, the fixation on social issues in a society that has not embraced a lifestyle of wayward mores is a cover up for issues of more importance like the economy.

    This entire contraception fight is absolutely ridiculous and quite frankly baseless.

    But i guess that won’t stop the GOP from crusading against their wives, aunties, cousins, daughters, granddaughters in an attempt to force women to return to their chastity belts, check sheets at first sex, and stone a woman for enjoying good sex and orgasms while staying safe about it.

    To: the GOP the Pope and the Vatican: Get your life
    From: A catholic woman

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    • Donald K Sumner

      If it is ok for women to be heightist then this should be ok to…

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    • Rastaman

      @Donald K Sumner Short much?

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  2. Before I answer, pseale understand that I am against abortion, I also am a councellor at a pregnancy care center. That said. Most of the time an abortion done in the second trimester is done while the patient is under twilight sleep or general anestesia. You would not remember anything.I have had three abortions in my life, the lives that I stole will always haunt me. I had 2 abortions that were done within 12 weeks of conception and one done at 20 weeks. As I was leaving the abortion clinic after the procedure, I saw a nurse inspecting an aborted fetus (could have been mine). It was an obvious baby. It was red and in several pieces. This happened when I was 18, I am now 38 and it still haunts me and I imagine it always will.I know what it is like to take a life, to give life and keep it and give life and give it away (adoption). Let me tell you that giving life is less painful than living with the acts of abortion for the rest of your life. It is a painful hole that can never be filled and the more you try to fill it, the deeper and darker it becomes.My oldest daughter was supposed to be aborted. She would have been the 4th. I had the laminara stips put in the night before the abortion. I was 23 weeks pregnant. I changed my mind, I went to another doctor, had them removed. I had a healthy baby girl a few months later. She will be turning 18 on August 29th. Today she and I are the best of friends, I cannot imagine my life without her. I have told her everything about her life inside my belly. She has learned through me that she never wants the same things to happen to her and she forgives her mother for almost ending her life.You need to know what you are going to loose with an abortion esp. this far advanced.

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