Ruse on Fluke and Hype

Blogger Wintery Knight tips us off to this WSJonline piece on the whole birth contol kerfuffle titled Limbaugh and Our Phony Contraception Debate by Cathy Cleaver Ruse, a graduate of Georgetown Law. You should read it because it really gets to the actual issue here.

Last week Sandra Fluke, a student at Georgetown University Law Center, went to Congress looking for a handout. She wants free birth-control pills, and she wants the federal government to make her Catholic school give them to her.

I’m a graduate of Georgetown Law and former chief counsel of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution. Based on her testimony, I wonder how much Ms. Fluke really knows about the university or the Constitution.

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What about Rush Limbaugh? I won’t defend his use of epithets (for which he’s apologized), but I understand his larger point. At issue isn’t inhalers for asthmatics or insulin for diabetics. Contraception isn’t like other kinds of “health care.” Yes, birth-control pills can be prescribed to address medical problems, though that’s relatively rare and the Catholic Church has no quarrel with their use in this circumstance. And the university’s insurance covers prescriptions in these cases.

Still, Ms. Fluke is not mollified. Why? Because at the end of the day this is not about coverage of a medical condition.

Ms. Fluke’s crusade for reproductive justice is simply a demand that a Catholic institution pay for drugs that make it possible for her to have sex without getting pregnant. It’s nothing grander or nobler than that. Georgetown’s refusal to do so does not mean she has to have less sex, only that she has to take financial responsibility for it herself.

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Read the entire article at WSJonline. This Limbuagh thing was THE NEWS (CNN cycled this story and the Midwest tornadoes) on Friday and over the weekend and gets everyone all riled up but, as usual, the real issue gets lost in the hype.

This quote sums it up nicely, with a hat tip to Salvo contributing editor Terrell Clemmons for posting it elsewhere:

“I am astonished at the desperation of the elite media to avoid rising gas prices, to avoid the President’s apology to religious fanatics in Afghanistan, to avoid a trillion dollar deficit, to avoid the longest period of unemployment since the Great Depression, and to suddenly decide that Rush Limbaugh is the great national crisis of this week.” ~ Newt Gingrich

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