When Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut on his radio show he did more than embarrass himself and damage Fluke’s self-esteem (if she even cared, which I doubt she did); the conservative movement was also severely damaged by Limbaugh’s mistake. His words provided another opportunity for the Left to hammer conservatives on their supposed “war against women,” which is what Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski believes is going on.
Now, as a conservative myself, I can say that I have no knowledge of a concerted war against women from the Right and I certainly haven’t thought about it until Mikulski brought it up. In fact, I kind of like women — weird, I know. However, Limbaugh’s ignorance, lack of tact, and drive to always be in the spotlight has now put myself (and conservatives alike) in a very difficult position. Also, as a side note, his deplorable decision to call a young woman a “slut” is a very odd way of attacking her lack of morals and values, as well as makes him closer to Bill Maher than he’d like to be.
Anyway, the position conservatives are in is not easy to get out of: Now, we have to struggle to maneuver the conversation back to actual economics and philosophy and away from demagoguery. Keeping in mind that I do not support calling Fluke a slut and that I am not a participant in any war against women (statement of the obvious), I have written a letter to Sandra Fluke. I hope she reads it…
Dear Sandra Fluke,
I heard that you and your peers are struggling to buy your contraceptives because Georgetown University does not provide coverage of them in their health plan for students. However, I’m failing to feel any sort of sympathy toward your “plight.”
Did you not understand when you applied to a Jesuit school that they wouldn’t supply you with birth control? Was it not clear before you enrolled? Did you not look here, where Georgetown makes it very clear that birth control is excluded from coverage? Well, actually, we know you checked: You admitted to doing the research, finding the policy yourself, and subsequently deciding to attend Georgetown anyway because you were “not willing to compromise the quality of [your] education in exchange for [your] health care.” Seems like it is time to take on some personal responsibility, although the fact that you want Georgetown to pay for your birth control shows that is not one of your strong suits.
You claim, though, that women deserve reproductive freedom and thus free birth control, and you make the good point that many women are prescribed the Pill for medical reasons unrelated to preventing pregnancy. Thus you support a mandate that forces insurance plans to cover birth control. While it is completely legitimate for you to want an insurance plan of this kind, your desire for a government mandate is plainly in violation of the First Amendment. Following your logic, should pacifist schools be forced to allow guns to students who want them? Should schools run by Jehovah’s Witnesses be forced to cover blood transfusions, which they believe are sinful?
Regardless, your concern over the affordability of contraceptives is nearly laughable. Have you ever thought about being a little more frugal in life? You are, after all, smart enough to search for more affordable health care: As a student at one of the best law schools in the nation, this shouldn’t be difficult. However, to save you time I found Wal-Mart’s “$4 Prescription Program” that can save you a bunch of money, which is merely one of numerous alternatives you can choose. Surprisingly, $3,000 a year isn’t your only option for contraceptives like you made it seem in your testimony.
I don’t really care, it is your personal choices; however, that’s exactly the point. How you get your health care is your responsibility, and it is not your right to force Georgetown to provide coverage which violates the school’s religious conscience.
A young American for liberty