Sandra Fluke, President Obama's Democratic National Convention spokeswoman for Obamacare-supplied birth control, has joined with Planned Parenthood to urge Americans to speak out in support of no co-pay birth control.
In an email to supporters, Fluke, who in February 2012 was blocked from testifying before Congress and later hit by Rush Limbaugh on his radio show, wrote: "I'm proud to stand with Planned Parenthood and President Obama as we work to expand access to affordable birth control. And I'm proud to stand with millions of women and men -- including you -- who are fighting for women's health every single day."
Planned Parenthood said that there are 48 days left to comment on the plan to have the Affordable Care Act offer a no-copay birth control benefit. In her email, Fluke called the benefit "essential health care." Below is Fluke's email:
People like you and me aren't so easy to keep quiet -- and that's why we're finally going to win this fight.
One year ago, I prepared to testify before Congress about the critical role affordable birth control plays as part of essential health care for millions of women.
Instead, I was shut out by legislators who had no interest in hearing about how birth control matters to women who suffer from ovarian cysts, women who survive sexual assault, women who want to plan their families and their futures.
Who spoke in my place? A Catholic bishop and the president of East Texas Baptist University -- along with eight other witnesses who all refused to acknowledge the reality that for millions of women, birth control is basic health care. And I was smeared by pundits, shock jocks like Rush Limbaugh, and shameless political operatives who wanted me and the millions of women speaking out to just go away.
Well, we're still here. They're still wrong. And this is still a fight.
Right now we have a chance to win this fight -- to finally secure affordable birth control once and for all. The deadline for public comments on the president's plan is coming up soon -- join me in speaking out for accessible and affordable birth control for women.
President Obama's plan strikes the right balance. It guarantees that women will be able to get birth control without a co-pay, while ensuring that the rights of religious organizations are respected. Despite the president's accommodation of religious organizations, powerful voices are still fighting to take this basic health care away from women.
It comes down to this: nobody --politicians, bosses, or anyone else -- should be able to block your access to essential health care. Nobody has the right to deny you power over your body and your future.
That's what we have to fight, and it's why I'm asking you to stand up today. We need every voice. Click here to support President Obama's plan to expand access to birth control.
Every time we speak out for our fundamental right to make our own medical decisions, there are those who try to silence us. They deny us a hearing, they shout us down, they call us names (I think I've heard them all by now).
But it didn't work on me then, and it won't work on us now. We don't have much time left to speak out. Will you be heard?
I'm proud to stand with Planned Parenthood and President Obama as we work to expand access to affordable birth control. And I'm proud to stand with millions of women and men -- including you -- who are fighting for women's health every single day