Georgetown law alum and women’s rights activist considers running for House

Californian attorney Sandra Fluke (L’12) has announced that she is considering running for Rep. Henry Waxman‘s (D-CA) seat this fall. Waxman, who has been in office for 40 years, announced on Thursday that he will be retiring from Congress when his term ends later this year.

“A number of folks I respect very deeply have reached out today and encouraged me to run,” she told KPCC, a Californian NPR member station. “I am strongly considering running.”

Fluke rose into the national spotlight in 2012 when, while still a student at Georgetown’s law school, House Republicans denied her from testifying in an oversight hearing about the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage requirements and its relation with religious organizations. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh infamously denounced her after Fluke argued why Georgetown University should provide health care that covers contraceptive drugs in front of House Democrats because of the high costs of contraceptives and the financial difficulties law students face.

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex—what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right?” Limbaugh said on his radio show. “It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.”

In April 2012, Fluke, together with students in Georgetown’s Law Students for Reproductive Justice, signed a petition urging President John J. DeGioia to consider including contraceptive coverage in student health plans beginning the 2013 academic year. In response, DeGioia wrote in a university-wide email that Georgetown will not make changes to student health insurance plans. “The student plan offered by Georgetown is consistent with our Catholic and Jesuit identity,” he wrote.

By the end of the year, Time had nominated Fluke to be its 2012 person of the year for handling her attention in the national media with poise and maturity and emerged as a political celebrity.”

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