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Activist Sandra Fluke to speak at KU in March

January 2, 2013

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Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke will speak at Kansas University in March, delivering this year's Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women's Leadership Lecture.

The lecture, organized by KU's Hall Center for the Humanities, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 27 in Woodruff Auditorium at the Kansas Union. It will be free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

Fluke, now an attorney, was a law student at Georgetown University when she testified in February 2012 at a Democratic U.S. House committee regarding health-insurance coverage of birth control. Commentator Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and a "prostitute" on his radio show, later apologizing for the insults.

She went on to be a supporter of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, and she spoke at the Democratic National Convention in September. Time magazine named her a candidate for its "Person of the Year" title last month.

The lecture, titled "Making our Voices Heard," will concern the need for women to speak up about issues important to them, said Victor Bailey, the director of the Hall Center.

Bailey said Fluke's response to the attacks against her showed why she'd be a worthy speaker.

"Rather than responding in kind, she did, I think, take this media focus and made it into an opportunity to advocate for various social-justice concerns for women," Bailey said.

Before gaining national attention last year, Fluke advocated for the availability of contraception on the Georgetown campus and worked at a domestic violence center in New York City.

The Hall Center has presented the Taylor and Stokstad lecture, named for two leaders on women's rights issues at KU, for about 10 years.

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sunny 1 year, 3 months ago

Tell me again why I should be responsible to pay for Flukes birth control pills? This gimme gimme free hand out society is getting old!

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Gotland 1 year, 3 months ago

Alright!!! Welcome!!! I hear she is loose.

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Laus_Deo 1 year, 3 months ago

Fluke and her kind can't be responsible for this?

How feminism is to blame for the breakdown of the family, by Left-winger Diane Abbott The Labour MP said big issues facing society 'stem from family breakdown' Added that 'some kind of stable family structure is vital' and what most want Her intervention echoes the views of Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2256850/How-feminism-blame-breakdown-family-Left-winger-Diane-Abbott.html#ixzz2H1flKL7z

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Gandalf 1 year, 3 months ago

the right to procreate is thr most bacic right of all!

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jonas_opines 1 year, 3 months ago

I was curious if anybody calling Fluke a "man-hater" can actually back that up with specific quotes showing a contempt for men? Note that I said "men" and not "Limbaugh". I haven't paid much more than cursory attention so I can't say that there Isn't evidence, but a quick search came up with very little to support that. It did, however, come up with significant support for the claims of systemic misogyny amongst right-wing internet sites.

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 3 months ago

Is abstinence really that difficult? Go down to Pricilla's and buy yourself a toy or stick with oral sex guys and girls. Btw, the 15% condom failed comments are taken from bad data alltered by groups to push their particular agenda. Do some research and you will find independent studies show women get pregnant when using condoms are closer to 2%, not much worse then the pill.

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disappointed_regressive 1 year, 3 months ago

Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke.....

How about Man-Hater. Fluke fits prefectly in the new Socialist Democratic Party's ideology.

Fluke is a good last name too.

fluke: an accidental advantage; stroke of good luck: He got the job by a fluke.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 3 months ago

nice to know all the people rush limbaugh programmed with thought control are acting accordingly. rush....the more lies you perpetuate the more these drones of yours believe....nice to know cape girardeau, missouri is the center of their world......learning is free by virtue of reading too bad these people listen to a fired KC Royals employee with a pill problem instead.

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midwest_muser 1 year, 3 months ago

I think everything everyone wants should be free!!! I want a pony! I want a new doll! Wahhhh...

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Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 1 year, 3 months ago

I wish the JW would publish how much these speakers cost. It should be interesting to see just how much these speakers charge for their great concern for humanity. Better the money be spent on faculty salaries than some nobody who's trying to make a killing long after their 15 minutes in the spotlight was over. This goes for speakers of all persuasions, incidentally. As far as I'm concerned it completely destroys their credibility to find out they're charging thousands of dollars for a lecture that's probably not as well informed as one of our local faculty could give. How about a lecture series with an honorarium for local faculty members to describe their current research?

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anticommunist 1 year, 3 months ago

Sandra Fluke being invited to speak at KU is a vile stain on this university's reputation. I cannot believe the name of Marilyn Stokstad is being defiled in such a fashion. I, for one, call for protesting the event.

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Milton Bland 1 year, 3 months ago

This woman is disgusting and KU should be ashamed to allow her on campus.

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sunny 1 year, 3 months ago

She should STILL pay for her own birth control! Personal responsibility!

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fiddleback 1 year, 3 months ago

How sad that before I even clicked, I knew there would be a geyser of misogynist bull**** from LJW's stable of cretins, fountains of pure idiocy totally oblivious to factual correction. These guys almost have to be trolls, or else one just has to hope their astoundingly pathetic Neanderthal genes haven't been passed on...

Either way, sunny, Gilligan, patkindle & co., you not only have yet to offer a single criticism with any merit, your hateful repetition of patent mistruths brings utter shame to everyone exposed, especially your fellow male citizens. I guess I should just be grateful that I can operate with the brain upstairs, too...

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deec 1 year, 3 months ago

"...National Survey of Family Growth, found that 14 percent of pill users said they were taking the medication for a purpose other than contraception.

The pill users include an estimated 762,000 women who've never had sex. Ninety-five percent of them cited reasons other than birth control for their use of the pill."

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/11/15/142358413/the-pill-not-just-for-pregnancy-prevention

Adolescent girls and young women are frequently prescribed birth control pills for irregular or absent menstrual periods, menstrual cramps, acne, PMS, endometriosis, and for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Girls who are diagnosed with PCOS are often prescribed oral contraceptives to lower their hormone levels and regulate their menstrual periods.

Read more: http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/med-uses-ocp.html#ixzz2GrYlNNsd

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Liberty_Dos 1 year, 3 months ago

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sunny 1 year, 3 months ago

Personal responsibility! If she wants to have sex she should pay for her own birth control!

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absolutelyridiculous 1 year, 3 months ago

Here is the transcript for Sandra's testimony. $3,000/year for contraception? Seriously?

And don't expect your Catholic University to support you. Period. If you don't like, there are several other law schools around the country. Sorry dear.

http://www.whatthefolly.com/2012/02/23/transcript-sandra-fluke-testifies-on-why-women-should-be-allowed-access-to-contraception-and-reproductive-health-care/

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ferrislives 1 year, 3 months ago

Hopefully soon, birth control pills won't need a prescription and will be sold over the counter, greatly lowering the costs. This will also make a lot of these comments moot points.

But what say you about married woman who use birth control for family planning? Why would you be against something that leads to less abortions for all woman? Are we at a point where you get to pick and choose what medicines your insurance covers?

If so, what about Viagra, Cialis, or drugs to fight against obesity? What about diabetes drugs for people with Type-2 Diabetes? Do you think that they should not be covered because you think that they got what they deserved? How about the fact that not covering these drugs costs our country much more in the long-run? Don't you like to look on the fiscal side of things, or is woman-bashing more fun for you? As I've said before my friends, it's a slippery slope.

How about if you try to live up to your so-called conservative standards, and get out of people's personal lives? Oh, that's right, it's easier to be a hypocrite. Follow along sheep. Baaa baaa!

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Bob Forer 1 year, 3 months ago

I am sure the men opposed to the inclusion of birth control in health insurance policies have a different opinioni when it comes to covering their viagra, or any other medical procedure or Rx to allow them to be sexually active.

Utter hypocrisy.

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think_about_it 1 year, 3 months ago

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Bob Forer 1 year, 3 months ago

I wonder how many of the negative, snide and smarky comments are from men? My guess is most of them.

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Fretster 1 year, 3 months ago

Wow, what a bunch of hate filled ignorance out there today. The extremist right wing is in rare form.

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midwest_muser 1 year, 3 months ago

Sandra is coming to town. Who's paying for this? Could they just pay for her pills so she shuts up?

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ljreader 1 year, 3 months ago

Her 15 minutes of fame is so over. Last I heard, one of her most recent appearances drew a crowd of 10. When it comes to women's rights, this has been zero looks like the narcissist she is compared to the 14 yr old Pakistani girl who got shot in the face by the Taliban for advocating for girls' rights to education.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/pakistani-rights-activist-14-shot-taliban-encouraging-girls/story?id=17432790#.UOSEvqxg-So

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Pepe 1 year, 3 months ago

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tomatogrower 1 year, 3 months ago

I don't think Viagra is used to treat any conditions, except erectile dysfunction. Why do insurance companies pay for it? Yet, birth control pills can help women with rough menstrual cycles, a condition much more painful than a guy who can't perform.

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Bob Reinsch 1 year, 3 months ago

No one complains about Viagra and Cialis being covered by most health care plan.

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donttreadonme 1 year, 3 months ago

This is about insurance coverage. I don't like paying for the costs of fatties or smokers, but that's the deal.

And I'd rather insurance cover birth control than pay for childbirth. It saves everyone money.

I guess O'Reilly has imprinted his asinine thoughts onto your weak minds.

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jimmyjms 1 year, 3 months ago

The very best part of this article are the comments-to a person, totally ignorant both of what Fluke said, the context in which she said it, and the point in total.

Idiocy abounds.

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patkindle 1 year, 3 months ago

Sandra is part of the entitlement generation That expects the rest of us to carry her from Cradle to grave, and provide at no charge for her All the accessories needed in carrying on Extracurricular activities as she sees fit. after all it is her god given right

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sunny 1 year, 3 months ago

Everyone needs to work harder so they can pay for womens birth control and every other hand out that the american workers are forced to pay!

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donttreadonme 1 year, 3 months ago

"absolutelyridiculous38 minutes ago

Oh good. I can't wait to hear the "poor" Georgetown student.."

Class envy? Maybe you should work harder so you're not jealous of other's career choices.

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donttreadonme 1 year, 3 months ago

Not you, Cappy!

Just the folks that didn't know that contraception coverage has been in insurance plans forever because it saves money compared to childbirth.

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donttreadonme 1 year, 3 months ago

I see that the sheeple won't let facts get in the way of their talking points. Bah, bah.

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Kirk Larson 1 year, 3 months ago

Not very long ago the number one cause of death for women was childbirth. Contraception is very much a health issue.

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sunny 1 year, 3 months ago

She's been thru law school....the poor woman should know what causes pregnancy! Why should I be forced to pay for her birth control!

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absolutelyridiculous 1 year, 3 months ago

Oh good. I can't wait to hear the "poor" Georgetown student sob story about how buying her own contraception would be a burden to her finances. Please! I need to go throw up now.

Sorry to hear Marilyn Stokstad Leadership Lecture is sponsoring this. I thought very highly of Marilyn (past tense).

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sunny 1 year, 3 months ago

Can she now afford to pay for her own birth control? I mean...a box of raincoats is under $5.00!

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