Sandra Fluke— What She Said and Why She’s Heading to Salinas, California

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After women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke campaigns with President Obama and attends the Democratic convention in North Carolina, she speaks to the Honoring Women’s Rights (HWR) conference in Salinas, California on September 8. On the campaign trail, Fluke outlines how Obama’s Affordable Care Act benefits women. At the HWR conference, she addresses “Issues Facing Students Today”. The conference covers topics including reproductive rights, female immigration issues, sex trade and art activism, and Title IX among others. The Obama campaign and the HWR conference chose Fluke to speak because of her stand for women’s rights and affordable health care, a stand that drew the attention and ire of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Sandra Fluke and Obama 2012

President Obama, accompanied by Sandra Fluke, waves at a campaign event in Denver, on Wednesday. Fluke the women's health advocate who caused a media storm this spring is speaking at the Honoring Women's Rights conference in Salinas, CA on Sept 8, to share her perspective on issues facing students today. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais - AP)

When Rush Limbaugh called me a "slut" and a "prostitute" for speaking about medical needs for contraception, Mr. Romney could only say that it "wasn't the language [he] would have used.

After women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke campaigns with President Obama and attends the Democratic convention in North Carolina, she speaks to the Honoring Women’s Rights (HWR) conference in Salinas, California on September 8. On the campaign trail, Fluke outlines how Obama’s Affordable Care Act benefits women. At the HWR conference, she addresses “Issues Facing Students Today”. The conference covers topics including reproductive rights, female immigration issues, sex trade and art activism, and Title IX among others.
The Obama campaign and the HWR conference chose Fluke to speak because of her stand for women’s rights and affordable health care, a stand that drew the attention and ire of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
On Wednesday in Denver, Fluke introduced President Barack Obama at a campaign rally endorsing his continuing fight to for the promise of “access to basic health care no matter where we work or study or what gender we are. And Obamacare is already delivering access to care for millions of women,” she said.
In her introductory speech, she said, “This election decides whether years of struggle for basic health care rights that so many women fought for will be rolled back.” She continued, “(President Obama) defended my right to speak without being attacked. Mr. Romney could only say those weren't the words he would have chosen. Well, Mr. Romney, you're not going to be the candidate we choose. (Your presidency could only harm) the rights that generations of women have fought for, (you made) dangerous promises to take us backward." – “Why I'm Standing With President Obama Today” HuffPost Politics, Aug 9, 2012
Before turning the podium over to President Obama, she reminded the audience, “As we register to vote— as we walk into the voting booth— we must remember the choice we're making. One option is a candidate who promises to turn back the clock on women's rights and our access to health care. (The other) option is President Obama, who has consistently stood up for us, for our rights, and for our health. It's a personal choice for each of us, but one that carries consequences for every woman in America.” –HuffPost Politics, Aug 9, 2012
Sandra Fluke speaks at the Honoring Women’s Rights conference, at the National Steinbeck Center at 1 Main Street, Salinas, California, in the early afternoon on September 8th. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and an activist for women and women's health. __________________________________________________
Tickets to hear Sandra Fluke as part of the Honoring Women’s Rights conference are on sale until August 22, through http://www.honoringwomensrights.org/conference.html
http://www.nationalwca.org; Women’s Caucus for Art creates community through art, education, and social activism.
http://www.steinbeck.org; National Steinbeck Center inspires people to make a positive difference in our world, 1 Main Street, Salinas, Monterey County, CA

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