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Sandra Fluke is an American women's rights activist. In February 2012, she came to attention in the United States when Republicans refused to allow her to testify to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the importance of requiring insurance plans to cover birth control during a discussion on whether insurance should have a contraception mandate. She later spoke to only House Democratic members. Commenting on her testimony, Rush Limbaugh, a talk show host, made inflammatory comments about Fluke on his talk show, consisting of speculation and slurs regarding her sex life. Fluke has supported President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and was a featured speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Fluke is a native of Saxton, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Cornell University's Program in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies in 2003. She co-founded the New York Statewide Coalition for Fair Access to Family Court, which successfully advocated for legislation granting access to civil orders of protection for unmarried victims of domestic violence, including LGBTQ victims and teens. She was also a member of the Manhattan Borough President's Taskforce on Domestic Violence and numerous other New York City and New York State coalitions that successfully advocated for policy improvements impacting victims of domestic violence. She worked in New York City for Sanctuary for Families, which aids victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.
At Georgetown University Law Center, she was the 2011 recipient of the Women Lawyers of Los Angeles' Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant. She served as president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and graduated cum laude in 2012.