Sandra Fluke — Let the Con Begin

by Bill O'Connell on March 3, 2012

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This is what Andrew Breitbart warned us about and fought so courageously against. The lies of the left to advance their agenda. Do we roll over, or do we take up the torch and continue the fight?

The Losing Abortion Attack

Abortion used to be the tried and true social attack point of the left. Being pro-abortion gave them a 10% edge where abortion was important to the voters. Over time as medicine has advanced and people learn more about abortion, it is now a 10% loser. What’s a leftist to do? Simple, shift gears and try to make an issue out of contraception.

It’s a different argument though. The argument with abortion was whether there were two lives involved or one. If it was one life, the woman and a clump of cells, then an abortion is little different from a tonsillectomy. If, however, two lives were involved then an abortion is tantamount to homicide. There is , for the most part, no human life at risk through the use of contraceptives so this tack loses some of it’s potency. While there are those who oppose contraception on moral grounds, there are very few who would seek to outlaw it. It is a case of moral persuasion rather than saving a life.

Fabricating the Contraception Issue

If you watched the Republican presidential debate where George Stephanopoulos asked MItt Romney about states banning contraceptives you probably felt as puzzled as Romney at the question. Huh? Where did that come from? As Romney tried to grasp the question and answer it, he said, George, no state is trying to ban contraceptives that I’m aware of. Stephanopoulos would have no part of it, he came at Romney again, yes, but do you believe states have a right to ban contraceptives? Look at the news coverage on contraceptives from that debate, and you can see the left trying to put the pieces in place to create an issue out of thin air.

The Attack on the Church

To paraphrase Machiavelli, when you sup with the devil, bring a long spoon. The Catholic Bishops were strong supporters of ObamaCare and now they have come to the realization that the devil is in the details. Now there is a pitched battle to oppose the contraception provision of that law. It is a blatant violation of the First Amendment to force the Catholic church to act contrary to its beliefs. Obama and the left know they are on the losing end of that argument, so they had to pivot.

Access to Contraceptives

They way they pivoted was to claim that women were being denied access to contraceptives, which is a lie. Contraceptives are readily available and relatively cheap. Why should the rest of us be paying for someone’s recreational sex? If you can’t pay for your own contraception, try a little abstinence. This entitlement mindset of instant gratification whether they can afford it or not, is about as un-American as it gets.

Enter Sandra Fluke

So who is Sandra Fluke? Does she have an agenda or is she just expressing her own concerns? She says she is a third year law student at Georgetown. Do they not teach the Constitution and the First Amendment at Georgetown Law? She says she is a past president of Georgetown’s Law Students for Reproductive Justice and she’s attending Georgetown on a Public Interest Scholarship. Okay, law student, reproductive justice, public interest; sounds like a trifecta of the liberal left.

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. Washington Post

So Sandra Fluke is a law student, an advocate for reproductive justice, and is on a scholarship tied to a future career in fighting for liberal causes, and she “researches” the health care plan, not just looks it up and reads about it. Her intent was to take on the health care plan and change it, which she did, but lost.

Democrats wanted Fluke to testify before Congress but Congressman Darrell Issa said she wasn’t a qualified witness. The matter before the committee was on religious liberties, not about women and Fluke was neither a lawyer nor a member of the clergy. As fellow Georgetown student Angela Morabito puts it:

Her one claim to fame in the reproductive health care debate is…drumroll, please…being a student club leader! You go, Sandra! Hang those posters girl. Wear out those Sharpies.

Me?  I love me some extracurricular involvement. The difference between Sandra and me is that I don’t think it qualifies me to speak in front of Congress.  ”The Chair calls to the stand  the captains of the intramural ultimate frisbee team!” Angela Morabito, Georgetown student

Of all the women in America who did meet Chairman Issa’s qualifications, the Democrats picked Sandra Fluke?

So Nancy Pelosi got the cameras together and a room and set the stage to look like a Congressional hearing and gave the floor to Sandra. She said her fellow classmates have suffered financially, medically, and emotionally because, you know, contraceptives can cost $3,000 during law school. I don’t know what kind of contraceptives Sandra is interested in, or if it is going to take her a lot longer to finish law school than most, but according to Planned Parenthood, birth control pills cost $15-$50/month; the birth control injection Depo-Provera costs $35-$75 and lasts three months; and the birth control patch costs $15-$80/ month. It seems that with a little shopping, Sandra could cut her costs in half, but let’s hear from Angela again:

Let’s talk priorities here. It costs over $23,000 for a year at Georgetown Law. Sandra, are you telling us that you can afford that but cannot afford your own contraception? Really? Math was never my strong suit, but something about Sandra’s accounting just doesn’t seem right. – Angela Morabito, Georgetown student

Extreme Cases

Another of the left’s ploys when abortion was a winning strategy for them was pointing to rape and incest, not birth control, as the absolute need for abortions. True to form, Sandra’s mock testimony was not about wild and free recreational sex, it was about non-contraceptive uses for contraceptives. Huh? There are medical conditions for which birth control is sometimes prescribed, not to prevent pregnancy but to alleviate the particular condition. If you look at the totality of use for contraceptives these cases would be quite small. It’s like a magician. They want to keep your focus on this small exceptions, the left hand if you will, so you don’t see what the right hand is doing.

A Simple Solution

We buy our own auto insurance, we buy our own life insurance, we buy our own homeowner’s insurance. We should buy our own health insurance. Kill Obamacare. If individuals owned their own policies, there would be no mandate of what to cover or not, it would be up to the market to decide. You would not have to worry about pre-existing conditions if you maintained your coverage, you would not be afraid of changing jobs for losing your health insurance. The tax breaks that currently go to companies to provide health insurance should be abolished and those tax breaks given to the individual. The amount of money that companies are currently spending to pay for health care for their employees could be given to the employees in the form of a raise. Insurance companies should be allowed to create any kinds of plans they want, this one including contraceptives, that one not.

However, by doing so, the Democrats would lose the campaign issue they are busy trying to fabricate out of thin air. American was conned in 2008. Don’t get conned again.


That’s my opinion; I’d like to know yours. Please comment below.


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  • Kevin

    The con is on and everyone is joining in, left and right.  Right now, the left is defining the terms of the race. The extended primary has been instructive as to the left’s playbook, which they simply do not have the discipline to sit on. This is fine as long as Romney…who will be the nominee is right now practicing the art of turning the issues back to the ones that matter, the ones for which the left have no answer…the economy.

  • finishstrongdoc

    Remember how they used to burn bras and draft cards in DC ?If the Obamandate is forced down our throats, I suggest we pick a date where we all go to Planned Barrenhood, get us some free condoms( which we will be forced to pay for), take em to the town square, city hall, state or national capitol….and burn em….and keep comin with that till they run out of condoms….of course, post it all on YouTube, because the lamestream media won’t cover it…they don’t cover a quarter of a million every year at the March for Life….but everyone’s got a computer these days.

    “No man in the wrong can stand up against a man that’s in the right and keeps a’comin.”
    ~Epitaph, Captain Bill McDonald, Texas Rangers~
    Remember: Back in the day, the first Christians were considered heretics cuz they wouldn’t offer incense to pagan idols, so this demonstration would be the reverse of that….just sayin)
    p.s. To Andrew Breitbart….thanks for takin as far as you did…we got yer back…

  • A Rational American

    The theatre of the absurd liberal was on flagrant display with Ms Fluke.

    Please do not burn all the condoms as we want to provide her with unlimited pregnancy prevention lest that gene pool be continued.

  • Jjrn13

    Andrew Breitbart told the world Conservatives have, “had enough and we’re not going to take it any more.”  Yes, we need to fight back at every turn BUT, we must NOT allow the Left to dominate the discussion.  Now we are all well aware, the issues we can bring against Obama and his job as president a long.  My God, where do we begin…but where we should NOT begin is contraception.
        You must admit, there is some evil genius at work here and yes, the issue must be addressed but NOT with the nonsense Ms. Fluke brings to the forefront.  NObody is being denied contraception…it’s readily available at every Walmart and CVS.  The issue really is the unconstitutonal concept that a Catholic university (or church) can be force to break their most basic of tenets AND We The People can NOT be made to pay for Ms. Fluke’s extracurricular actrivities.
        It actually dawned upon me Friday…the connection between Stephanopoulos’ seemingly ridiculous and pesty contraception questions and Romney during that debate.  It was my “ah ha” moment because, up until then, it made no sense what so ever.  Team Obama (and that includes the MSM and good little soldiers like George) are planning some interesting issues to distract from his abysmal job as president.  We must keep to the important issues and pass on crap like Ms. Fluke and her seemingly over zealous sex life.

    • William O’Connell

      What you are saying is true and we don’t want to get down into a debate with Fluke et al. But we must nip in the bud any claim that access to contraception is threatened any more than my access to beer is threatened. You have to pay for it, but it is not going to break the bank, if you take it in moderation

  • ~ Nona

    In all the comments — here and elsewhere — I’ve noticed that those of a more libertarian and/or tea party persuasion all agree: Others should not be required to pay for Ms. Fluke’s contraceptives.

    Why has no one asked the obvious question: What about having her partner(s) pick up the tab?

    I think there’s a phrase that may fruitfully apply: “Pay to play.”

    • William O’Connell

      An excellent question. Why has it not been asked? Because it would further weaken the left’s argument. If you doubled the potential payers, then the affordability argument approaches to ridiculous. The left’s answer is you pay for his Viagara, why not my contraception? Why pay for either? According to my research Viagara goes for about $1-$3 per dose. Here’s a better analogy. When you fill up your tank with gas, do you file a claim with your auto insurance provider?

  • Someone who Knows

    Tuition at Georgetown Law is over 43,000 per year, not the 23,000 quoted in the Article. Students at Georgetown have an option of paying for and using health insurance provided by the school. The school’s health insurance is lousy and expensive. Sandra Fluke attends Georgetown on a scholarship, but she pays for her insurance. 

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