Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
The travesty surrounding the testimony of a Georgetown law student who claims she’ll go broke if the government doesn’t mandate free birth control continues as a background check reveals she’s actually a reproductive rights activist who enrolled at the Catholic university with every intention of challenging it’s contraceptive-free insurance policy.
During an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show on Friday, it was revealed that Fluke is not the 23 year-old coed as previously reported, but is actually a 30 year-old woman who had quite a background in reproductive rights advocacy before enrolling at Georgetown.
For instance, Fluke earned a B.S. from Cornell in Policy Analysis & Management as well as Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2003. While at Cornell, her activities were very much centered on far left feminist and gender equity issues. She also participated in rallies supporting abortion and protesting the Iraq war and actively tried to recruit other women’s rights advocates to the campus.
These activities didn’t stop when she entered Georgetown. In fact, According to the Washington Post, Fluke entered Georgetown Law fully aware that the school’s insurance plan did not cover contraception and spent the next three years lobbying the school to change its policy. While there she also served as past president of Georgetown’s Law Students for Reproductive Justice group and its Women’s Legal Alliance.
Fluke certainly has the right to become involved in any cause of her choice, but to present her to the American public as being representative of the average co-ed is nothing short of deliberate deception on the part of Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress who brought her to the Hill to testify in favor of the mandate.
With the help of a press corps who is only too willing to promote liberal causes, radical feminists in America managed to change the national discussion about abortion from the killing of the unborn into the more politically expedient “women’ rights” issue. And they are attempting to do it again by reframing the discussion about the HHS mandate into one about women’s reproductive rights rather than the infringement of a First Amendment right that Americans consider sacrosanct.
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