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Law Students, Sex, And Economics.

Sandra Fluke is a law student attending Georgetown University. On Thursday, February 22, 2012 Ms. Fluke appeared before a “Democrats only” “hearing” on the issue of forcing religious institutions to cover abortions and contraception in health plans even if those items are against the religious and moral teachings of the institution.

For all intents and purposes, this was dog and pony show to continue the Democrats fight against the First Amendment and religious freedom. Ms. Fluke was the only person “testifying” at the hearing which was chaired by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

During the hearing:

Fluke said women at Catholic schools expect to “be treated equally,” expect to have “all of our medical needs” met, and expect the university to “respect our choices” on health insurance.

“We did not expect that women would be told in the national media that we should have gone to school elsewhere,” Fluke said.

“And even if that meant going to a less prestigious university, we refuse to pick between a quality education and our health. And we resent that in the 21st century, anyone think it’s acceptable to ask us to make this choice simply because we are women.”

Let’s examine those statements one by one.

Ms. Fluke says she expects to “be treated equally.” As far as we know, Ms. Fluke is being treated no different than any other student on campus. Her medical coverage is the same as anyone else. What Ms. Fluke is really saying is she demands the school do what she wants and go against the school’s moral and religious teachings.

Ms. Fluke expects to have “all of our medical needs” met. We are unfamiliar with any “medical need” requiring sex. Sex is a choice. It is not a need or a necessity. While it can be argued that people in college will have sex, that is not the fault or the responsibility of the institution. Fluke’s argument flies in the face of feminists who have long told the government to stay out of the bedroom and to keep government hands off of women’s bodies. Now Fluke is demanding the government force institutions to get into the bedroom and have a say in what women do with their bodies. There is no consistent logic in Fluke’s position, but since the hearing is being run by Pelosi, we expected nothing less.

Ms. Fluke then says she expects the university to “respect our choices” on healthcare. One has to wonder why Fluke demands the school respect her choices, but she does not respect the choice of the institution? Furthermore, why is it that Fluke demands the university not only “respect” her choice, she demands the university pay for that choice.

Finally, when Ms. Fluke talks about “refusing to pick between a quality education and our health,” that too is simply a disingenuous argument. Ms. Fluke has no problem demanding the same coverage other people at other institutions may have because being “one of the masses” suits her at that point. But when it comes to her education, she wants to be above the riff raft of society. She doesn’t understand the basic idea that institutions like Georgetown are prestigious because of their beliefs, not in spite of them.

This issue is about choices – just not the choices Fluke and Pelosi believe in. The first choice is whether to have the government force a religious institution to act against its religious and moral beliefs in violation of the First Amendment. The choice is whether to have sex or not. The third choice is who is going to pay for all of this? Ms Fluke seems to think money grows on trees. If the institution is going to be forced to pay for all the things Fluke demands, that money has to come from somewhere. The insurance company is going to pass on the higher costs to the institution who is going to pass that cost onto students in the form of tuition increases.

The dog and pony show of the Pelosi “hearing” was transparently a public relations move. Nothing more, nothing less.

Normally our post would end here. However Craig Bannister of CNSNews has an article taking Ms. Fluke to task for the costs of protected sex.

Sex-Crazed Co-Eds Going Broke Buying Birth Control, Student Tells Pelosi Hearing Touting Freebie Mandate

“Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school,” Fluke told the hearing.

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So, they can earn enough money in just one summer to pay for three full years of sex. And, yes, they are full years – since that could translate into having sex nearly three times a day for three years straight, apparently.

At a dollar a condom if she shops at CVS pharmacy’s website, that $3,000 would buy her 3,000 condoms – or, 1,000 a year. (By the way, why does CVS.com list the weight of its condom products in terms of pounds?)

Assuming it’s not a leap year, that’s 1,000 divided by 365 – or having sex 2.74 times a day, every day, for three straight years. And, I thought Georgetown was a Catholic university where women might be prone to shun casual, unmarried sex. At least its health insurance doesn’t cover contraception (that which you subsidize, you get more of, you know).

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And, let’s not forget about these deadbeat boyfriends (or random hook-ups?) who are having sex 2.74 times a day. If Fluke’s going to ask the government to force anyone to foot the bill for her friends’ birth control, shouldn’t it be these guys?

We realize that there are other methods of birth control other than a condom, so we went to Planned Parenthood’s site on birth control:

How Do I Get Birth Control Pills? How Much Do Birth Control Pills Cost?

First, you’ll need to get a prescription. Visit a Planned Parenthood health center, a clinic, or a private health care provider for a prescription. Your health care provider will discuss your medical history with you, check your blood pressure, and give you any other medical exam that you may need. If you need an exam, it may cost about $35–$250.

Birth control pills may be purchased with a prescription at a drugstore or clinic. They cost about $15–$50 a month.

That is $180 – $600 a year, which is far less than Fluke testified and less than the $800 per year Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius cited.

In essence, Fluke is probably willing to spend more on coffee at her local Starbucks than to pay for contraception that she desires. In the liberal world, it is all about telling others they need to contribute for the common good, but really only being concerned with “me” and “what I want.”

Finally, we have to say that we aren’t sure Fluke’s comments and costs mean she is “sex crazed” as Bannister’s article implies, and we surely aren’t going along with Rush Limbaugh who claims Fluke’s beliefs make her a prostitute:

Limbaugh dismissed Fluke’s assertion that women may be prescribed the pill for medical reasons and accused her of merely promoting promiscuity.

“What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute,” he said. “She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.”

Limbaugh went on to insult Fluke’s family for raising a daughter with loose attitudes.

“Can you imagine if you’re her parents how proud of Sandra Fluke you would be?” he said. “Your daughter goes up to a congressional hearing conducted by the Botox-filled Nancy Pelosi and testifies she’s having so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills and she agrees that Obama should provide them, or the Pope.”

To us, that is over the top rhetoric.

However, at best, Fluke is a naive student who cares only about herself and those who think like her. She wants to force others to pay for her choices and the consequences of those choices, even if it means trampling on the Constitution.

The fact she found a sympathetic ear in Pelosi and other Democrats does not surprise us, but it does sadden us greatly to see the foundations of the country being destroyed over a roll in the hay.

The Minutemen and Sons of Liberty who picked up weapons fought and died for the idea of “no taxation without representation.”

Now the cry of Pelosi, Fluke and people of their ilk is “no fornication without taxation!”



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