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September 5th, 2012
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Sandra Fluke on DNC speech preview, says women feel shift in US that's not in their favor and finds Romney's changing positions on abortion 'disturbing'

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."

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  1. Jan

    Hopefully most women won't be dumb enough to fall for this "war on women" garbage being fed us by Democrats. Do Democrats really just see women as people who are so weak and dependent that they have to have someone else pay for their birth control? Do they just see women as sexual objects? I guess you might say they do considering they are the party of Teddy Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and John Edwards.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mark Newsom

    I think it's disturbing that the life of an unborn human is disregarded. It is also disturbing that once the man has the sex, he looses all legal say-so in the issue of a pregnancy and the birth. Women are not helpless victims (accept in the case of rape). They choose to have sex with the man and at that point, the man looses all legal decision making rights. It is the woman's choice to carry the child or to abort it or to give the child up for adoption. If she chooses to keep the child, she then can legally force the man to pay. While she can shoose to be a mother or not, the man has no choice. He's the daddy and he's going to pay. Don't get me wrong. I am very much oppose to dead beat dads. But if a dad does not want to be a father, he still has to pay. If she does not want to be a mother, she can just end it. I'm talking about equal rights. Not parental responsibility. Again, I am 100% for parental responsibility. This is a rights issue.

    September 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ocnvucheryl

      It's simple Mark – use a condom, or other birth control. Please don't make it sound like men have no choice in whether a pregnancy occurs. If avoiding pregnancy is a priority and the woman doesn't want to use birth control, then don't have sex. Yes, it's that easy, but instead we all want to blame someone else. It falls to the woman simply because she has to carry or abort, and the odds of a mother dumping the child and running off and becoming "dead beat" are slim compared to men. It's a rights issue – but equal rights wouldn't saddle one gender disproportionately with an unwanted child more than the other – but that's the case now. And rights also mean women should be able to control their own bodies. We can argue all day long when live begins, but most Americans agree until the fetus can survive outside of the mother's uterus on it's own, it's still a part of her body and she is legally entitled to make the decision pertaining to her body. Fathers can and do assert their rights – in some states that even means that a rapist has these same parental rights – seem moral and correct to you?

      September 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Laurel from Canada

    Sandra Fluke is wrong in asking for free birth control. It is not up to the gov't or the taxpayer to pay for this. I pay for my own and it does not cost thousands of dollars. If you require birth control then find a way to pay for it! Gov't should not be responsible for this. This is a personal choice, not life or death. There is a time when we have to make our own personal choices and take responsibility for them. Quit living off the gov't and make your own.

    September 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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