Conservative media figures have reacted to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke's congressional testimony on access to contraception with vicious attacks on her character. Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and a "prostitute," and conservatives have attacked female students who want contraceptive coverage as "nymphos" and "sex-crazed co-eds."
Fluke has released a statement calling these attacks "egregious" and saying that "this language is an attack on all women." She also declared that those who speak out for comprehensive women's health care "will not be silenced."
From Fluke's statement:
"I thank the thousands of women and men, including members of Congress, Georgetown University students and faculty, and total strangers of all political stripes across the country who have offered kind words and support following recent egregious personal attacks.
"We are fortunate to live in a democracy where everyone is entitled to their own opinions regarding legitimate policy differences. Unfortunately, numerous commentators have gone far beyond the acceptable bounds of civil discourse.
"No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices.
"The millions of American women who have and will continue to speak out in support of women's health care and access to contraception prove that we will not be silenced."