Sandra Fluke, the former Georgetown University Law School student who was verbally attacked on air and called slut by radio host Rush Limbaugh, has endorsed President Barack Obama.
In an opinion piece to CNN, Fluke said their are high stakes come November, some of which are personal. She added that her voting choice will not only have an impact on her but affect her friends, family and the generation. Of particular concern for Fluke is the job market, college tuition costs and access to affordable health care for everyone.
Obama is committed to rebuilding our economy upon the values of fairness and opportunity and the belief that all Americans, both men and women, must have the rights they deserve, she wrote. That's why I'm proud to endorse his re-election.
Fluke was witness during a February hearing where she testified in favor of insurance coverage for contraceptive healthcare.
Limbaugh later lashed out at her saying, What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute... She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We're the pimps.
Obama condemned Limbaugh's comment and reached out to Fluke.
In her piece to CNN, Fluke praised Obama's accomplishment since his time in the White House and said he has made college more affordable through increased investment in Pell Grant scholarships. She also said Obamacare's providing coverage to millions of American is something vital.
But what seemed to have left an even greater impression on Fluke is how Obama responded to Limbaugh's verbal attack on her as opposed to the response given by Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
She wrote, Obama responded as so many Americans did, by condemning those attacks as antithetical to our democracy.
Romney, when pressed to address those attacks, could only say, Those aren't the words I would have chosen. If Romney lacks the leadership to stand up to extremists in his own party, then he's not the president we need. At a time when women's rights especially are under virulent attack, we cannot elect a leader who won't or can't stand up to those extremists and protect the rights that generations of women have fought so hard to ensure.