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Sandra Flukeâ€™s Claim of $1000 Yearly Contraception Expenses Among Georgetown Students Accounts For 5 Sexual Encounters Per Day
Georgetown law student Sandra Flukeâ€˜s controversial testimony on Capitol Hill, claiming that Georgetown students spend upwards of $1,000 per year on contraception would mean that students like Fluke are having sex more than 5 times per day, according to some simple math.
Testifying on behalf of the Obama administrationâ€™s new campaign to make the issue of mandating contraception in religious institutions a major issue in the 2012 election, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke has levied some controversial claims about the need â€” and expense â€” of contraception for college students in America. According to the Washington Post, â€œFluke said in her testimony that some students at Georgetown spend as much as $1,000 per year out-of-pocket on contraception since birth control is not covered by the universityâ€™s health care plan,â€ all in a bid to malign Catholic educational institutions as being anti-student and anti-womenâ€™s health.
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has lampooned Ms. Flukeâ€™s testimony, seeking to argue its insincerity by highlighting the absurdity of her claims. By doing so, his derisive characterizations of Fluke as a â€œslutâ€ and â€œfeminaziâ€ have added new controversy to the story.
But in point of fact, Ms. Flukeâ€™s claims that students spend as much as $1,000 a year for contraception leads to absurd statistics regarding student sexual activity.
It is a known fact that public health service organizations make condoms free to the public upon request. But even if students were unaware of free access to condoms, the price of condoms, calculated against Flukeâ€™s $1,000 per year expenditure would mean that she and her fellow students have sex five times a day. Wal-Mart, for example, sells a 12-pack of Trojan condoms for $6.50 each. $1,000 divided by $6.50 is 153.85 condom packs. 153.84 condom packs times 12 condoms a pack is 1,846.15 condoms used. 1,846.15 condoms divided by 365 days is 5.06 sexual encounters a day.
Thatâ€™s a lotta sex.
Perhaps, however, Ms. Fluke was talking not about condoms, and instead about birth control pills. Just like condoms, public health organizations make birth control pills available to women who cannot afford them. But what if students are unaware that free birth control pills can be gotten? The fact is, generic birth control pills can be bought from national chains like Target from just $4 a month.
The Obama administration has moved aggressively to back Sandra Flukeâ€™s claim and criticize anyone questioning her numbers as sexist and insensitive to womenâ€™s reproductive rights. But when the number add up like these, what other conclusions can rational Americans arrive at?
Rush has is right! For all you libs out there attacking his advertisers please tell us all where he has it wrong?