Hypocrisy on Capitol Hill: Deconstructing a Dishonest Speech About Birth Control
As a student at Cornell and treasurer of a a pro-choice organization at the school, Sandra Fluke, helped shut down a pro-life speech on Cornell's campus by counter protesting. She argued that a pro-life organization at Cornell was about "manipulating [students'] emotions" with misleading statistics about abortion. But when it is her turn to speak on Capitol Hill, the third-year Georgetown Law Student demands she gets her say in a hearing that has nothing to do with birth control.
Fluke, who was awarded a B.S. in Policy Analysis & Management, and a Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies degree from Cornell in 2003, has since become a cause celebre among the political left-wing because she wasn't allowed to testify in a congressional hearing. The Washington Post has even called her an "expert witness."
But what is she an expert in? "I'm an American woman who uses contraceptives," Fluke said, when asked Thursday by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about her qualifications to speak at the hearing. Well, there you have it. We are told by congressmen that she speaks for "millions" of women, so let's have a listen to her testimony before the Democrats on Capitol Hill:
Though Fluke wouldn't have you know it, most women don't need birth control. Indeed, if the cost of keeping her ovary was a mere $3,000 a year, why couldn't her gay friend--assuming she actually exists--take time off of law school to save up for her birth control? Why couldn't we mandate coverage for women who have the disorder of polycystic ovary syndrome? And if her insurance won't cover it, why can't she go and pick up a pack of $9 a month pills from Target? What's more who said she had to go law school at Georgetown, a Jesuit law school? If birth control were such a serious criteria in one's life, wouldn't you choose your law school accordingly? Fluke says that women should refuse to choose between their health and a quality education, but adult life is about making just such choices.
And if this problem is such a real one why don't we hear from the women themselves, rather than Fluke, about their medical problems? Maybe if Planned Parenthood and other organizations ostensibly dedicated to women's health weren't so busy profiting from abortions, they could take some of their nonprofit largesse and give it to women in need.
Ah, but you see, college and law school, like birth control, is a right that comes, if not from our Creator, than from Obama, the creator of our laws.