The Democratic National Convention is in full swing in Charlotte, North Carolina this week. Last night, First Lady Michelle Obama took center stage and appealed to women across the country. Tonight, Georgetown University graduate and women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke will speak at the DNC to rally support among women for the president as well. Fluke made headlines after conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh insulted her for supporting Obama’s health care law requiring contraception coverage.
Fluke joins Soledad O’Brien on “Starting Point” this morning to share her thoughts on whether there is a “war on women.”
“I do think that a lot of women feel like they’re under attack,” Fluke says. She refers to legislatures across the country trying to “limit access to reproductive healthcare, attacking fair pay, the way it was in Wisconsin, the Violence Against Women Act being controversial for the first time.”
“And women feel that,” she says. “I’ve talked to a lot of them across the country and they really do feel like this is a shift, and not in their favor.”
Fluke also addresses the latest poll showing a gain in support among women for Mitt Romney, but still leaving President Obama with a gain at 54% leaning Obama to 42% leaning Romney. She thinks there is a clear choice this November in regard to policies for women. “President Obama has always been ahead with woman throughout this campaign,” she says, “and I’m sure that he’s going to be ahead with them on Election Day.”
Fluke is uncertain about Mitt Romney’s views on abortion. “What I find disturbing about Mr. Romney’s position is that he’s taken so many different ones on the issue of access to abortion, she says. “And I don’t expect to see a leader moving and quivering with the political times."