Sandra Fluke to speak at SMU

Sandra Fluke

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student attacked by Rush Limbaugh for her support of including contraception in healthcare coverage, will appear at Southern Methodist University on Sept. 24.

Fluke will speak on contraception, women’s health and the media. Following her talk, she will participate in a panel discussion, “Economics and Equality: How Obstacles to Women’s Health Care Access Affect Us All.”

On the panel with Fluke will be Charles Curran, SMU professor of human values; Linda Eads, SMU associate provost and law professor; and Ken Lambrecht, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of North Texas.

The panel is sponsored by SMU’s Women’s and Gender Studies program.

Fluke was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte earlier this month. She gained national attention in February when she testified before Congress. Republicans blocked her appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the new administration rules on conscience clause exceptions in health care. She spoke only to House Democrats.

Following her appearance, Limbaugh called her a slut and a prostitute and said that he wanted to see videos of her having sex posted on the Internet. After three days of verbal assaults and the loss of more than 40 advertisers, Limbaugh apologized for his choice of words.

“I don’t think that a statement like this, saying that his choice of words was not the best, changes anything, and especially when that statement is issued when he’s under significant pressure from his sponsors who have begun to pull their support from the show,” Fluke responded. She called his barrage of insults an attempt to silence her.

Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, 3140 Dyer St. (lower level), Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

—  David Taffet