Congressional Performance Art – UPDATED

Oh, the humanity! Oh, the sudden outcry of the suffering!.

This is my favorite part:

Fluke spoke in strong language of her resentment of university administrators and others who suggest she should have chosen to attend a different university that would have offered student insurance that does cover contraception — even if that other university wasn’t quite as prestigious as Georgetown.

Yes, how dare a Catholic college actually inflict its Catholicity on the poor victim, who just couldn’t deny herself the promise of her future by going to some less conscientious and less prestigious school, like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Michigan, Brown. The Catholic school should just give up its conscience in order to insure that she needn’t have one, at all.

UPDATE: Charles Cook: My contraceptive haul

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • deiseach

    Were she to attend a university in Ireland, she would either have to (1) apply for a means-tested medical card (2) pay for her own prescriptions. Students over here don’t get their medical care provided by university health insurance, even where there is a medical centre on-campus.

    And if she came for a term in an Irish university from America, she would need to either have a private health insurance policy from her home state that was valid in Ireland, or take up one with an Irish company (as this university website explains):

    “All North American students and all other foreign nationals other than EU & UK students have no medical card entitlements here so they are recommended to have adequate medical insurance with them as hospital care can be very expensive in Ireland. However attendance at the Student Health Unit is fee. There are three Irish Providers of Health insurance contactable through their websites.”

    So, unless she needed a prescription for the oral contraceptive on grounds of an existing medical condition (such as poly-cystic ovarian syndrome) and was in straitened financial circumstances (her parents could not afford to extend any support and she was totally reliant on grants or scholarships), then I find any sympathy for her plight hard to come by.

  • fiestamom

    “We refuse to pick between a quality education and our health and we resent that, in the 21st Century, anyone thinks it’s acceptable to ask us to make that choice simply because we are women,” Fluke said.

    I ‘m just a dummy who went to a small state school, but how is Georgetown making her choose btw health!! and a quality edumacation? Having unprotected sex is a health issue. Huh. She’s getting a law degree at prestigious Georgetown, and reading her testimony it’s apparent that she has no critical thinking skills. But again, I only went to state school.

    Poor Fluke must have missed the day they taught Catholicism at Georgetown.

  • robin

    Hahahahahahahahah!–Hey! What’s wrong with PCs? As a PC owner, I’m discriminated against! I’m suing! Know a good lawyer? thx.

  • fiestamom

    Sorry for the double post, but where are this girl’s parents? My parents would be beyond humiliated if I gave sworn testimony in Congress that it’s not fair that my mean college refuses to pay for me to have sex consequence free.

    If my parents found out about the testimony before hand, they would either a) give me a good talking to, about virtue, self control. And if that didn’t work, they would beg me not to embarrass the family on national tv for all posterity going into the Congressional Record.

    What a nice daughter in law she’ll be.

  • Ann

    LOL you just have to laugh sometimes.

    She’s having SO much sex that she has to have her BC for FREE! For FREE I tell you! And it must be hormonal because at any time, she could bam, it could just happen. No cheap c—— for this career gal!

    And how creepy was that with Pelosi looking on????

    Her parents must be so proud.

  • Tim

    In a sense, she is pretty smart. She just got herself a job with the ACLU (Resume: testified in front of Congress on women’s rights). As a new(ish) lawyer in a struggling job market, I’m somewhat envious even though I wouldn’t want to work for such an organization.

    On a more serious note, maybe this young woman should be advocating for lower law school tuition rather than free contraception. She would be helping a lot more people that way.

  • Susan


  • Dad of Six-

    You have to check out the original post at Hot Air. The comments there made me laugh so hard, I had tears in my eyes!

  • Amy

    Excuse me while I puke….

  • Kris, in New England

    There is so much wrong with this, it goes beyond the fact that Ms. Fluke choose to go to a Catholic university.
    She wants all the choices yet she wants someone else to pay for them. She wants to have unfettered access to sex and wants someone else to pay for any possible consequences.
    And her math skills are non-existent. She claims that the average cost of having protected sex is $3,000 for 3 years of college. With condoms costing about $1.00 each, that’s 1,000 condoms per year equating to having sex nearly 3 times per day, every day, for 3 years. When I was in college we had a name for girls like that. It was 4-letters and no, it wasn’t “co-ed”.
    And if we give her the benefit of the doubt that she meant having access to birth control pills, at $25/month without insurance, that totals $900 for 3 years.
    Lest we forget there are plenty of Planned Parenthood offices she could go to, giving her free access to condoms and birth control pills.
    She is right about the fact that people should be free to make their own choices. She is however completely wrong that someone else should pay for them.

  • LisaB

    From the Georgetown University website -

    For an undergraduate student enrolled in the COL, MSB, or SFS for the 11-12 school year: $58,300

    For an undergraduate student enrolled in NHS for the 11-12 school year: $58,620

    For the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BALS) program in the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) for the 11-12 school year: $39,611

    Mr. & Mrs. Fluke’s daughter has stood before the American people and declared herself a harlot. Money can’t buy class.

  • kevin

    No class. How embarrassing.

    She thinks she is some kind of feminist heroine but chances are good that she will look back on this display with horror.

  • Sage

    Now there’s one feminist who will be taking her husband’s name.

  • conservativemama

    If women, i.e. feminists, don’t watch out they will make women completely expendable. Yes we can do many things and we should have the right to pursue education and various careers and all that. But we are women. And we’ve been given the greatest gift, the power to create, bring forth, and nurture life. And too many in this modern world are quickly stripping that gift away from us.

    The pill brings sex for pleasure. Abortion brings the end of consequences for that behavior. Abortion also brings sex selection which never favors the female child. Fertility drugs push the boundaries of childbearing age. Cloning and the artificial womb cannot be that far away. Homosexual marriage, I’m working through that, but I always remember something Howard Stern said long ago. Yes, that Howard Stern. He thought homosexuals were oftentimes people who hadn’t grown up past the age of where they find the other gender “yukky.” I’m not necessarily agreeing with him, but it’s an interesting observation. If we mainstream homosexuality completely will people make a choice to live that lifestyle? I’m not saying it is a choice and that people aren’t born that way, but I have known women who consciously made that choice. And what does that mean for children? Will we have less children in our society?

    And what is the sum of all this modern, forward thinking behavior? Women are becoming less and less necessary as they lose what distinguishes them from men: their role in all life, in continuing the story of man on this earth. Gender neutrality erases all that we as women bring to the table. If we are interchangeable with men, and one day are no longer needed to bring new children into this world, then why bother with us? Our purpose will be to serve as pleasure for men.

    I know this sounds melodramatic, but it’s a thought I’m having. We are erasing women. Brutally through abortion, and less brutally through our culture’s need to elevate behavior that should bring shame, while marginalizing those who still believe in a world where women are respected. Not a return to a society where we had no rights, but a society that allows us to live our life and still values our most basic role, wife and mother.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    conservativemama, these are things I’ve wondered about myself.

    Very good post.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    also, some “Ethicists” have come up with the concept of “Post birth abortions.”

    So, if you shoot your no good, sponging brother-in-law, does that count as a “Post Birth abortion”, because he was a burden on you?

    I joke, but this is deadly serious stuff.

  • John

    I heard some of this testimony over the radio and my reaction was primarily annoyance. Why is my government putting a spotlight on such indignant nonsense? This page is the first I’m seeing an photo of the woman who testified. It adds a bit of the human dimension, as photos do, and I have to admit I feel bad for her: she went on camera to earnestly insult the intelligence of so many people — maybe even herself someday if she ever looks back on this and says, “I should have been more tolerant.”

    On the other hand Pelosi was more than happy to let the student make a tool of herself; for Pelosi I don’t feel bad.

  • kevin

    There’s something so profoundly dishonest in her presentation also.

    Insurance is not for providing things we like to use or have; it’s for covering large unexpected expenses as a result of an accident or sickness. As Ann Coulter noted recently, “insurance” is being used as the trojan horse for nationalized healthcare (and socialism) now. When I was in graduate school I cannot imagine demanding that my school’s “student insurance” plan provide me with condoms (not that I ever would have used them) because the expense adds up. Just unimaginable. But here this girl is demanding basically the same thing.

  • SturJen

    re: Conservativemama’s post.
    I agree completely. The really funny and sad part about it is the fact that women are not only erasing themselves from the planet, they are doing so willingly – some could say almost gleefully. Not a one of them ever stop to think of who is telling them to do this or why; just kill all the females you can and make the ones who survive into men.
    There are a small, almost infinitesimal percentage of women out there who buck the trend. They love being women, love all the kids they have created and value Motherhood and Wifehood above all else. We’re the ones that will be left when this women-hating massacre ends.

  • SusanM.

    Maybe she would have been better off asking for free dinners and chick flick tickets. Then her gentleman friends could afford to spring for contraception because they didn’t have to shoulder those expenses. Or does her position as a “sexual rights activist” preclude those traditional costs of doing “business”? Does being a liberated female mean that you can never ask A man to fund your pills, condoms, whatever, but instead you must ask All Men to fund them?

  • Mrs. O

    According the the Newman Society, Georgetown is one of the Catholic Colleges that already allows contraception coverage in their insurance plans to employees. Unless I have missed something, it isn’t unusual for Colleges to not supply health insurance to students. They have been allowed to still fall under parents, to a certain age. But then again, there is the health dept. Georgetown isn’t one that seems to be morally upright or in their Catholicity. I will be surprised if they don’t accommodate her. In a recent exchange with the proposed “dilemma”, after pointing out to the woman that PP and Health Dept usually are more than willing to help, if you don’t mind their immorality, she said they couldn’t afford to get there. I pointed out, she would have the same dilemma if it were offered “free” at Catholic schools, work, etc. If you are on BC you have to have an exam or they could miss cancer in the beginning.

  • Mrs. O

    I got my info about Georgetown from “I Hold in my hand the names of 20 Colleges..”

  • Mark

    Interesting post over at American Spectator.

    “Tomorrow the Senate is expected to vote on the Blunt-Nelson Conscience Protection Amendment, a bipartisan measure that would protect religious institutions from the HHS contraceptive mandate. The amendment reads:

    “Nothing in this title (or any amendment made by this title) shall be construed to require an individual or institutional health care provider, or authorize a health plan to require a provider, to provide, participate in, or refer for a specific item or service contrary to the provider’s religious beliefs or moral convictions.”

    The language would also protect religious employers from being coerced into providing abortion coverage. Democrats who support the president’s mandate are likely to paint Blunt-Nelson as a ban on contraception, which it manifestly is not. It is also worth noting that Hillarycare, that notorious piece of theocratic legislation from the 1994, contained a similar religious exemption:

    “Nothing in this title shall be construed to prevent any employer from contributing to the purchase of a standard benefits package which excludes coverage of abortion or other services, if the employer objects to such services on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction;”

    Note that this was acceptable language for Hillary and Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party, then led by Sen. Mitchell, who supported this language in 1994. Has the Democratic Party turned that far away from the first amendment and religious liberty since then? Is this being driven by radicals in the administration and Obama because of their partnership with planned parenthood?

    Can someone tell me the difference between these two Conscience Protection Amendments? It is obvious the Senate Bill was crafted with the prior acceptable language to the Democrats in mind.

  • SicSemperTyrannus

    When does she have time to study law?

  • Gail finke

    I don’t believe that story about her friend who had polycystic ovarian disease, or whatever it’s called. She needed birth control pills that cost $100 a month? First of all — no, it doesn’t cost that much. But say it did. She had a serious disease that cost $100 a month for medication, as many people do, and she didn’t a) get a second opinion, b) try a cheaper medication, c) go to a clinic where they give contraception away for free, or d) go to a different school that didn’t cost as much so that she could take care of her DISEASE. Hmmm. And now she might not ever be able to have babies, although she is a lesbian and theoretically won’t anyway. Or, assuming she really exists, she might be able to have babies just fine. A very fishy and convenient story.

    Someone I know on Facebook who thinks she should get free contraception because she can’t afford it told me: a) condoms aren’t “practical” for married people, and b) she won’t go to Planned Parenthood (although of course PP is GREAT) because it’s in an inconvenient part of town and they make women come get the pills every three months, they don’t prescribe for pharmacies. So because she will not drive somewhere four times a year, I’m supposed to buy her medication for her forever? She doesn’t like the option she can afford and she doesn’t want to be bothered with people who will give it to her for a price she can afford, so someone should give it to her for free. This whole idea that contraceptive medications are some kind of right is just WACKO.

  • zmama

    Thought this was from The Onion.

    If I don’t laugh I will weep at the idiocracy this once great and blessed nation has become.

    @Jesus-I really hope You are coming back soon.

  • Teresa

    As I recall there is a Planned Parenthood clinic not far from Georgetown. She could get whatever she wants for free. After hearing her testimony, I wonder if she will ever realize how silly she looked. Probably not.

  • LordJiggy

    So, without freely available contraception, a female student feels “embarassed and powerless,” and feels like she is having to choose between her health and her education.

    I feel that ammunition is very important to not only my health and safety, but the health and safety of my family. Wonder if these students would be okay with college insurance paying for my ammunition so I don’t have to feel powerless.

  • SKay

    It could be that her parents are Obama voters and thiink their daughter’s behavior was just great. My daughter is constantly amazed at what some parents of children her children’s age think is appropriate.

  • michigancatholic

    The sheer unmitigated gall of people like this makes me sick. She’s lucky to get a college education. This brat should keep her pants on, act like an adult and appreciate it.

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  • doc

    This poor gal should just make it clear to her, ummm, errr, those who seek to woo her that the guy needs to be responsible for the protection. Perhaps she could hang a shingle.

    This is yet another revealing look into the mindset of today’s Democrats. Their contempt for Catholic institutions could not be any clearer.