Tea Party-affiliated congressman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) has taken exception to Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke’s remarks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and said that he thinks the women’s health advocate should “get a job.” According to Talking Points Memo, Walsh made the remarks at a campaign stop in Addison, Illinois on Saturday.
“So at the Democratic Convention Wednesday night their first prime time speaker was Sandra Fluke, whatever her name is,” Walsh said. “Think about this, a 31-32 year old law student who has been a student for life, who gets up there in front of a national audience and tells the American people, ‘I want America to pay for my contraceptives.’ You’re kidding me. Go get a job. Go get a job Sandra Fluke.”
He went on to call it “embarrassing” that Fluke is an American who is “asking everyone to pay for her contraceptives.”
In actuality, Fluke’s testimony before a congressional committee stated that women’s insurance companies should cover the cost of their birth control medicine, not taxpayers, and certainly not Republican congressmen. The crux of her argument was that secular insurance companies who are being paid by policy-holders should not be able to pick and choose what drugs they will pay for based on the religious affiliation of the policy-holder’s employer, even if that employer is a Catholic institution like Georgetown University or a Catholic hospital.
Fluke came to national and international attention when talk radio mainstay Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” and insinuated that he was begging the government for birth control money because her supposed promiscuity had rendered the costs insurmountable, demonstrating not just a willful misunderstanding of Fluke’s argument, but also a basic incomprehension of how birth control medication and women’s bodies work.
Walsh settled out of court this year over nearly $118,000 in back child support the congressman’s ex-wife alleged that he owed for his three children. He is currently running for re-election against Iraq Veteran Tammy Duckworth.
Watch video from Walsh’s campaign stop, embedded below: