For health activist Fluke, an emphatic endorsement of Obama

By REUTERS
September 6, 2012 07:30

 
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Women's health activist Sandra Fluke, who came under a barrage of attacks from conservatives this year for supporting Democratic President Barack Obama's contraceptive policy, lashed back on Wednesday in an unflinching speech at Democratic National Convention.

"Your new president could be a man who stands by when a public figure tries to silence a private citizen with hateful slurs. A man who won't stand up to the slurs, or to any of the extreme, bigoted voices in his own party," referring to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's muted reaction after conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" last March.

Fluke, then a 30-year-old law student at Georgetown University, got caught up in heated debate over Obama's policy requiring health insurance plans to cover contraception when she spoke out against Republicans' efforts to scrap the policy.

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