Wingnut Blogs Call Sandra Fluke a Fake
But what if she not only decided to attend the university anyway, but decided to attend specifically so she could fight this battle? Consider this passage from an early Washington Post story done on Fluke before she was permitted to testify:
Fluke came to Georgetown University interested in contraceptive coverage: She researched the Jesuit college’s health plans for students before enrolling, and found that birth control was not included. ‘I decided I was absolutely not willing to compromise the quality of my education in exchange for my health care,’ says Fluke, who has spent the past three years lobbying the administration to change its policy on the issue. The issue got the university president’s office last spring, where Georgetown declined to change its policy.
Fluke says she would have used the hearing to talk about the students at Georgetown that don’t have birth control covered, and what that’s meant for them. ‘I wanted to be able to share their stories,’ she says. ‘My testimony would have been about women who have been affected by their policy, who have medical needs and have suffered dire consequences.. . .The committee did not get to hear real stories I had to share, about actual women who have been dramatically affected by this policy.’
… Fluke intentionally chose to go to Georgetown so she could agitate and sway them to cover contraceptives.
I guess going to a college because it affords high quality education in spite of their health care shortcomings is the same as going to the college to dispute the health care.