Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Friday, October 21, 2016

One of the most highly anticipated speeches at the 2012 Democratic National Convention will be delivered tonight by women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke.

Fluke became famous when she testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the urgent need for affordable access to contraception — leading to an angry attack on her character by right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh, who referred to Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Since that unfortunate incident (which cost Limbaugh a significant chunk of corporate sponsorships,) Fluke has become one of America’s highest profile women’s health advocates. She is also a key supporter of President Barack Obama, as shown by tonight’s high profile speech.

Fluke sat down with The National Memo following a luncheon panel sponsored by The Huffington Post to preview her speech and explain the crucial issues at stake.

“I’m going to try to make it very clear what choice we’re facing in November — especially for women — and what the consequences will be if we make the wrong choice in this election,” Fluke told me. “The most clear, compelling way that I think I can do that is to talk about the record of President Obama and the record of Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan on women’s health, women’s economic security, violence against women,” and other critical issues affecting women.

In her speech, Fluke promises to touch upon “the major victories that President Obama has delievered for women, and the ways that he has stood with us in the past four years.”

One of those major victories is the Affordable Care Act, which according to Fluke “ushers in an amazing new era for women’s health” through its provision of free access to breast cancer screenings, domestic violence screenings, and a host of other critical health services. Fluke’s decision to highlight health care reform reinforces one of the lessons from last night’s convention speeches: Obamacare has long since ceased to be a dirty word in the Democratic Party.

Another aspect of President Obama’s record to which Fluke intends to draw attention is his support of Planned Parenthood, which is the primary healthcare provider for many women. “The president has stood up for Planned Parenthood when their funding for breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, and prenatal care has been slashed or attempted to be slashed,” said Fluke, “and he has stood up for Title X funding that keeps those clinics open and providing for women.”

In Fluke’s opinion, women’s health fits right in to the 2012 campaign’s dominant theme: the economy. Fluke said that women’s health is “absolutely” an economic issue, and “more importantly, women consider their health to be an economic issue.”

“Women know that the cost of healthcare has a big impact on whether or not the family is financially stable,” Fluke argued, “so if a family has the security to know that a healthcare crisis is not going to bankrupt them the next day, that is going to have a big impact on their economic security.”

She also had a word of warning for the Republican Party, which she says has made its priorities “very clear” through the “staggering amount of bills in legislatures across the country — and especially in the House of Representatives — to limit women’s access to health care.”

“That party is at risk if they continue to champion these antiquated views,” she said, and “women in this country are at risk if they continue to vote that way.”

Fluke will speak at the 9pm hour of the convention tonight; you can watch her address live on The National Memo.

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2012 The National Memo
  • If women are aware of the tremendous differences between the democratic policies related to women compared to those of Republicans, Obama and other Democrats should win very decisively.

    • carsrus

      u r an Israeli hating piece of s–t

      • oldtack

        Schwartz is discussing the differences in policies concerning women and you reply “u r an Israeli hating piece of shit”
        This reply has nothing to do with policies concerning women.
        But – then again – this is about what is expected from the mouth of a shit- head Right wing nut idiot.

        • Remember The National Memo Have A App For These Tea Bagging Haters!! Just Move Along The Grey Bar Where Their Name Is At When You See The Minus Sign Just Click It And POOF They Will Be Gone From Your Sight!!!

      • oldtack

        I perused your activity record and it appears you are only capable of one line nonsense bullshit.
        Did notice that you seem to worship the pus gutted drug addict Rush Muffin.
        That figures.

        • oldtack, you are an idiot? You belong with the Harold, Kumar & Obama team.

    • I’m A Middle Class Working Woman I Will Never Vote For These Lying GOP/Tea party American Taliban Terrorists!!!

      • retiredforaliving

        That’s an oxymoron a black women working hahahahaa

        • supremebuddy

          What’s your problem you hater????

    • Clinton Came In And Ripped The GOP/Tea Party A New Asshole !!! He Broke Down All The Lies They Told And Threw The Truth Back In Their Faces!!! LOL

      • retiredforaliving

        No that was him and sandy having sex

    • retiredforaliving

      Yea there are more than 1,000,000 women unemployed since barak took over… that’s a record to be proud of

  • carsrus

    S L U T 1st among many at the DNC 2012 commie Convention

    • To carsus,
      Your comments paint you as a person of all insult and little intelligence. Surly you can do better.

      • The RNC Will Go Down In The Record And History Books As The Largest Group Of LIARS Together On One Stage!! Clinton Broke Their Lies Down One By One And Bitch Slap Them In The Face With The TRUTH!! He RIPPED THE GOP/TEA PARTY A NEW BUTTHOLE!!!

  • The Republican stand on women is very close to the Muslim interpretation. That is, women are second class citizens and must be treated as property. (My male point of view.)

  • MILF is an acronym used in pornography for “Mother I’d Like to F—“. Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a MILF. Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a “dumb twat”. Bill Maher joked that Sarah Palin’s Down Syndrome baby was the result of Palin having sex with John Edwards. Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a C-word. And Obama accepted Maher’s pledge of $1 million. Who’s a ‘cunt”?

    President Obama phoned Ms Fluke to find out if she was OK regarding the Limbaugh comment. To be consistent in his concern for women, shouldn’t President Obama give back the million dollar contribution to his super PAC from Bill Maher, a serial vitriolic abuser of Sarah Palin, who to the best of my recollection is a “woman”?

    And why star a welfare queen, a 30+ year old law student who needs our help to pay $9 per month for birth control?

    • english_teacher

      I don’t agree with the use of MILF or the c-word in public discourse.

      However, if you’re so concerned about insults, what about all the insults and the disrespect that have been thrown at President Obama since he won the election in 2008? Or is that ok in your book?

      I do not like how personally insulting the public, especially the RINO right wing, has become towards opposition figures. However, if you’re going to run for public office these days, then you’d better have a thick skin and be prepared to take the insults that come your way. Given the current low standard of discourse, then Palin was fair game because she was running for office. Fluke was testifying before congressional committee. Running to be second-in-command vs. a one-off appearance. Apples and oranges.

      Also, you should perhaps be a little better informed about Ms. Fluke and find some facts about her and not the half-truths and distortions from whatever “news” source you follow. The only things you got right were 30+ year old law student.

      • hilandar1000

        I totally agree with you, English teacher. Sandra Fluke was representing a group and giving testimony. She was not a political figure. She was stating the views of the group that she represented. The GOP seems to feel that anyone who disagrees with them is fair game for any type of filthy attack they can conjure up in their small and shallow minds. Rush Limbaugh’s personal record is NOT exactly what most of us would call “stellar”, yet he starts the profane stone-throwing toward others — repeatedly. With his attack on a private citizen such as Sandra Fluke, he is attempting to compromise the ability of others to use their right of free speech. Yet he is the first to start a maniacal rant if he feels his right to free speech is infringed in any way.

  • sisterH

    “I did not have sex with that woman!”

  • sisterH

    I want a free obama phone and some free birth control. You see after I pay for my triple latte and my extensions I don’t have money for my pills.

  • you feel it. You will feel it,”you yahoo republicans crybaby ‘lol there you go republicans the best the great Bill Clinton rocked the house no one will top that ,now didn’t that make you republicans feel good to here the truth.Obama just got re-elected and Romney can go back to being a big crook lol ,,go to fox news they can’t talk over there,they don’t know what lie to say next funny as hell lol You can run, you can hide, but you can NEVER escape the truth,,,you yahoo republicans lol.

  • Henry Peckerhead – Really? Your piece sounds so emotional, are you crying because Obama will not get elected for a second term? What has Obama done these past 4 years? PLay golf and attend fund raisers? He’s over his head. You’re all in denial.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Dave… the leftist freaks and useful idiots that float around in this leftist sea of insanity called “The Memo” would vote for Obozo even if they published pictures of him performing lewd acts with children. Nothing can sway these Obozo zombies from their fantasy world that is the cult of personality that Obozo is to them.

      Keep fighting the good fight. It’s much more fun being in the battle, isn’t it?

      Have a nice day!

      “Fathom the hypocrisy of a political party that has a convention focused on abortion, contraception, and so-called women’s rights, AND has as their big speaker and hero an admitted sexual harasser and accused rapist that was impeached for lying in a court of law about it.” – ObozoMustGo

  • The democrats are against wemon. They blame anybody and everybody just like the fake in chief. It is always some one else. The democratic socialist party.

    • Dmullins84

      I am so much against my Women I’ve been with her for 59 year’s, and let me tell you I am a Democrat and dam proud of it. You my friend need to see a shrink before you hurt your self or some other person. You look like some punk that needs an attitude adjustment. Get a life and go to work, and remember name calling will get you no where.

  • fluke is a tramp that wants everything handed to at tax payer expence. another blithering lying leach.

    • CAThinker

      You’re an irritating, misogynistic, moronic insect. This place isn’t for you so just go away. There are plenty of other forums that will fit your ilk so don’t waste space here on your blather. Go away.

    • Landsende

      You really seem to have a problem with women that can think and stand up for themselves. Do they intimidate you and make you feel like less of a man? Maybe that’s why you want to take away a woman’s rights. Sorry, it’s not going to work. Even the little blue pill can’t help you feel more manly just as it didn’t help douchebag Limbaugh.

  • CAThinker

    Wow – I can see the Talipublican yahoos have been released. They must be getting paid by the post. You weasels setup your little clubhouse in Charlotte to incite whatever mischief you can and I see that it has spread to the net. Go find your grownups… or better yet, go back to your villages… Or just go away.

  • ObozoMustGo

    What a bunch of flaming hypocrites and fools you leftist freaks are. And Henry Decker, just another useful idiot from the Obozo campaign propaganda machine. Henry, did they release this early to you so you could carry the water on this phony issue? Just askin…

    And Fluke is a slut! Sorry, but true. Actually, NO, not sorry at all. Fluke is a slut!

    [click image to enlarge]

    Have a nice day!

    “Fathom the hypocrisy of a political party that has a convention focused on abortion, contraception, and so-called women’s rights, AND has as their big speaker and hero an admitted sexual harasser and accused rapist that was impeached for lying in a court of law about it.” – ObozoMustGo

  • retiredforaliving

    If you walk around the Georgetown campus you see a SF on a lot of guys collars. It means they tapped sandra and why she wants society to pay for her pleasure

  • ridemybroom

    wished miss fluke would have said to rush limbaugh…you old fat ass pillsbury doughboy go suck on a condom full of sperm….

    • smittyray

      You mean the condom miss fluke sucked on. she is a slut and wants all of us to pay for her activity.

  • smittyray

    fluke is a condom sucking leech who wants everybody to pay for her fun in the sun. to see that she is a main speaker for the dems in NC is funny as hell. why not bring floridas debbie shultz to join her, they make a pair.