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…
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.)