Aside from his very offensive view of women’s reproductive healthcare needs, Governor Huckabee should also get his facts straight. The Affordable Care Act’s policy guarantees birth control coverage on the private insurance that women pay for through their own premiums or receive as compensation for working for their employers. Moreover, it’s not only the right thing to do for our government to subsidize birth control for our poorest sisters through programs like Title X, but a smart policy that saves taxpayers money in the long run. As the Guttmacher Institute study shows, “public expenditures for family planning care not only help women to achieve their childbearing goals, but they also save public dollars: our calculations indicate that for every $1 spent, $4.02 is saved.”
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Although best known for her advocacy for gender equality and reproductive justice, for the last decade, Sandra Fluke has devoted her career to public interest advocacy for numerous social justice concerns, such as LGBTQ rights, worker rights, economic justice, immigrant rights, and international human rights, including focusing on the impact to communities of color.
Sandra came to national attention in February, 2012, when Congressional Republicans prohibited her from testifying, instead hearing from a panel of only men on a question of women’s health. She then testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the importance of women’s own private insurance covering contraception. Despite ongoing personal attacks, she continues speak out for social justice across news outlets, and addressed the Democratic National Convention. She served as a surrogate for the President in his reelection campaign, and helped elect over a dozen progressive candidates to Congress.
Continuing her public advocacy, Sandra speaks to audiences across the country, in addition to her legislative policy work in Sacramento and D.C., and pro bono representation of victims of human trafficking.
Fluke graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center as a Public Interest Law Scholar with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. In 2003, Fluke received a B.S. from Cornell University in Policy Analysis and Management, as well as Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Adam, and their dog, Mr. President.
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