Sandra Fluke Biography Born : 1981 in U.S. Alma mater : Cornell University ...
Born : 1981 in U.S.
Alma mater : Cornell University
Occupation : Activist
Religion : Roman Catholic
Sandra Fluke was born 1981in United State, she is an American feminist activist and law student at Georgetown University Law Center, who testified before a panel of House Democratic Party members in favor of a government policy which required insurance policies to provide contraceptive coverage. She is a past president of the school’s Students for Reproductive Justice group.
Before attending Georgetown, she graduated from Cornell University in 2003 and spent five years working for Sanctuary for Families, a New York-based nonprofit aiding victims of domestic violence. While working, she launched the agency’s pilot Program Evaluation Initiative. She also co-founded the New York Statewide Coalition for Fair Access to Family Court, which, after twenty years of advocacy, successfully advocated for legislation granting access to civil orders of protection for unmarried victims of domestic violence, including LGBTQ victims and teens. Fluke was also a member of the Manhattan Borough President’s Taskforce on Domestic Violence and numerous other New York City and New York State coalitions that successfully advocated for policy improvements impacting victims of domestic violence.While at Georgetown, she worked on issues that involved domestic violence and human trafficking.
In February 2012 Sandra Fluke came to national attention when she gave testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the importance of requiring insurance plans to cover birth control during a discussion on whether insurance should have a contraception mandate. Rush Limbaugh, a talk show host, made inflammatory comments about Fluke's testimony on air consisting of speculation and slurs regarding her sex life. This resulted in public outcry and the loss of several advertising sponsors from his radio program.
Sandra Fluke has gone on to other speaking engagements including appearances with President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. She will also be a featured speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Rush Limbaugh–Sandra Fluke controversy
The Rush Limbaugh–Sandra Fluke controversy (IPA:flʊk) began on February 29, 2012, when American conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh's remarks about contraceptive mandates included statements concerning Georgetown University Law Center student Sandra Fluke as a "slut" and "prostitute". Limbaugh was commenting on Fluke's speech the previous week to House Democrats in support of mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives. Despite disapproval from major political figures, Limbaugh made numerous similar statements over the next two days, leading to the loss of several national sponsors and Limbaugh's apology on his show for some of his comments. Fluke rejected the apology as dubious and inadequate.