Editor’s note: Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who testified before Congress on the need for access to affordable, quality reproductive health care, including contraception, and got swept into a national controversy when Rush Limbaugh referred to her as a “slut” and a “prostitute” has an OpEd today on CNN.com. Fluke says Limbaugh’s slurs were an attempt to drown out discussion and silence women’s voices. Since then, she’s been inundated with messages of support and is as committed as ever to advancing her efforts as a women’s health activist.
(CNN) — Last month, students from several Catholic universities gathered to send a message to the nation that contraception is basic health care. I was among them, and I was proud to share the stories of my friends at Georgetown Law who have suffered dire medical consequences because our student insurance does not cover contraception for the purpose of preventing pregnancy.
I joined these students in speaking at a media event because I believe that stories of how real women are affected are the most powerful argument for access to affordable, quality reproductive health care services.
I also joined these students because now is a critical time to raise this issue in our public consciousness.
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