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Washington Post Profiles Women's Health Activist Fluke

Washington Post Profiles Women's Health Activist Fluke

October 9, 2012 — The Washington Post on Monday profiled women's health activist Sandra Fluke, who drew national attention this spring after she was prevented from testifying on Capitol Hill and then conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" who "must be paid to have sex" because she thinks health plans should cover birth control.

Since then, Fluke has traveled the country campaigning for Democratic candidates and making speeches -- including at the Democratic National Convention. She said she has turned down job offers from social-justice groups and also declined some candidates' requests for endorsements. Last week, she joined a bus tour for President Obama's re-election campaign that will visit California, New York and Ohio.

Fluke said she is focused on using her platform to advocate for her positions, although she does not have a specific plan for what that will entail. She added that after focusing on contraception for nine months, she would like "to talk about a lot of other things" (Fahrenthold, Washington Post, 10/8).