Sandra Fluke is a student at Georgetown Law. She's also a "reproductive rights activist" who agrees wholeheartedly with the Obama administration's controversial contraceptive mandate. Her reasoning, though, is likely to enrage some critics.
During a testimony in front of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on Monday (a meeting that was held by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi), Fluke — who was coincidentally the only witness heard — described the financial constraints that purchasing birth control puts on her peers.
"Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy," Fluke said, referring to the fact that the university doesn't pay for contraception. "Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school."
She detailed, among other stories, how one woman felt "embarrassed" and "powerless" at the pharmacy counter when she "learned for the first time" that contraceptives weren't covered by the university's health care plan.
CNS News' Craig Bannister, though, challenged Fluke's $3,000 figure and came up with some pretty interesting numbers:
$3,000 for birth control in three years? That's a thousand dollars a year of sex – and, she wants us to pay for it. [...]
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…
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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