Sandra Fluke Stands Up Against the GOP "War on Women" at the DNC

In addition to Elizabeth Warren and, of course, Bill Clinton, another noteworthy speaker of last night's DNC program was Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law School grad who was famously turned away from this year's all-male Congressional panel on birth control and subsequently labeled a "slut" by Rush Limbaugh. As Salon's Irin Caron notes, Fluke has emerged from that experience a well-respected women's rights activist, and an incredibly poised public speaker. Her six-minute DNC speech deftly took on the GOP "war on women," a subject that has been (perhaps) surprisingly well-covered during this convention, but which was sadly missing from Clinton's speech. (A real missed opportunity, that!)

In her speech, she discussed how Obama's vision for America differs from Romney's with respect to women's rights:

An America in which our president, when he hears a young woman has been verbally attacked, thinks of his daughters—not his delegates or donors—and stands with all women. And strangers come together, reach out and lift her up. And then, instead of trying to silence her, you invite me here—and give me a microphone—to amplify our voice. That's the difference....

We talk often about choice. Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to choose.

Check out the transcript and video of Fluke's speech here.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at September 6, 2012, 6:30am

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