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.)

  • leonard smalls

    Interesting comment; however, allow me to add the following:

    1. Demographics – Taking away immigrant and minority births reflects the fact that the US has a demographics problem. Any and all means to address that issue will be explored, because the needs of the group arguably outweigh those of the few.

    2. Reciprocity – Men have few if any reproductive rights. Hence, it is arguable to say that the new focus on reproductive rights is just “leveling of the playing field.”

  • Mina

    Um, what?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405645302 Hatice

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405631312 Morag

    I am against both for eomiocnc & constitutional arguments.First there are far better ways to save money in the long run than to get involved in the Federal government providing contraception. That is a state issue. If states want to provide contraception that is their decision. It is not my responsibility as a federal taxpayer to do so. It is not the job of the federal government in general to provide birth control or counseling services either.Second you are making an assumption about my stance on abortion. I despise it but understand that even with a federal ban it would still occur. I actually favor both abstinance & contraceptive education. Neither of which I believe the Federal government should provide. I also believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned and states should be given the right to choose.What I object to fervently is our government paying for abortions around the world or getting involved in fertility decisions overseas. Again not my responsibility as a taxpayer, not the federal governments responsibility under the Constitution.