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Letter: Walsh's Comments were 'Wrong and Demeaning'

Sandra Fluke and Tammy Duckworth are "courageous women."

Congressman Joe Walsh hit a new low this week when he attacked Sandra Fluke for testifying before Congress on access to affordable birth control. He said, “Think about this, a 31-32 year old law student who has been a student for life, who gets up there in front of a national audience and tells the American people, ‘I want America to pay for my contraceptives.’ You’re kidding me. Go get a job. Go get a job, Sandra Fluke.”

Rep. Walsh’s attacks were wrong and demeaning. Sandra Fluke is a young woman who stood up for a friend who lost an ovary when she couldn’t afford the very expensive contraception she needed to treat her polycystic ovarian syndrome. It is disappointing to see a sitting Member of Congress attack a young woman who was so brave to come forward. Walsh also issued a blatant falsehood when he accused Fluke of being “a student for life.” America is fortunate to have Ms Fluke, a smart and courageous woman, studying law.     

If Walsh is truly concerned about the families in his district who are struggling financially, then he should support policies that make it easier for women to afford the medication they need. 

Sadly, these aren’t the only sexist comments Walsh has made this week. He also made a misogynistic accusation about his opponent, Tammy Duckworth this week, saying, “The only debate Ms. Duckworth is actually interested in having is which outfit she’ll be wearing for her big speech.” 

I worked with Tammy Duckworth when she directed the State of Illinois Veterans Affairs. I watched her tirelessly look out for Illinois military families. She too is a smart and courageous woman, and America will be fortunate to have her serve as Congresswoman. 

Residents of Illinois’ 8th District deserve a representative who respects women and their choices. They deserve better than Joe Walsh. 

—Jill Morgenthaler, Retired Army Colonel, Co-President, Illinois Democratic Women

P A September 16, 2012 at 05:05 AM
It's hard to believe what I am reading. Lemmings....please follow Joe Walsh as he heads for a cliff. You spout the same tired "lines" from the same tired script. Walsh is an ignorant blowhard, doing nothing constructive and collecting a paycheck (with benefits) on our dime. He's the one who should "get a job" because he's not doing the one we are paying him for. Birthcontrol at $10.00 per month....on what planet? It never ceases to amaze me the amount of vitriol that is spewed over contraceptive coverage. Why not the same outrage over coverage for Viagra? Contraceptives are prescribed for many reasons besides birth control (which shouldn't be an issue either)....Viagra is for one thing only. Somehow, we never hear any hue and cry about that.
The Czar September 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM
As for the comment: "Birthcontrol at $10.00 per month....on what planet?" Showing ignorance of the well publicized facts of the story only reinforce the perception that you are the person spewing lines from a tired script. In what was well documented at the time, "..a Target store only 3 miles from the law school currently sells a month's supply of birth control pills for only $9 to people who do not have insurance plans covering contraceptives. That would make the total cost for birth control pills for a student who decided to use them for all three years of law school just $324." This was in response to Ms.Fluke's testimony to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee that contraception can cost a law student $3,000 over three years and that some of her fellow students could not afford it. If the facts in this case don't make you question Ms. Fluke and her ilk for their utter lack of self reliance, you are beyond the point of having a rational discussion on this issue.
Independence666 September 16, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Agreed P. Along with birth control pills, Viagra shouldn't be covered either. If a person wants to enhance his/her sex life, they should pay for it themselves. The rest of us shouldn't be compelled to pick up their entertainment expenses.
nani September 16, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Not trying to get into the whole political part of this but thought I would inform The Czar that there are many different types of birth control pills. The reason for this being the ingredients. That $9 dollar a month birth control does not work for everyone by this I mean they do not serve their purpose on that individual or can cause serious side effects. Depending on the type you need $3,000 for 3 years is a possible figure.
Joe O'Malley September 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Don't mind paying for B-Control for Ms. Fluke. However there should be no tax payer subsidy for the medicinal treatment of....you know... those troublesome eruptions of small blisterlike vesicles on the skin or mucosal membranes that are sometimes contracted when having intimate contact with someone else's "junk". Valtrex...see the video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=bX8mLFVpCOI&NR=1

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