Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student turned contraceptive activist, will hit the campaign trail in Denver for President Obama today.
While Fluke previously endorsed Obama, this is clearly a sign that the Obama campaign intends to keep the HHS mandate in the forefront of the political campaign while the economic news grows increasingly desperate. This political calculation is important because unmarried women reportedly
supported Barack Obama by a 70-to-29 percent margin in 2008. If the Obama campaign wants to win re-election they need to keep and perhaps even build on that support. Clearly, the campaign believes the presence of Fluke on the campaign trail helps this effort.
The mandate is the focus of dozens of lawsuits from religious institutions including Ave Maria University and the University of Notre Dame who say the mandate infringes on religious liberty. And the bishops in the U.S. mounted an ongoing and unprecedented high-profile effort against the mandate.
Fluke is the former co-president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice, former Vice President of Georgetown Law’s Women’s Legal Alliance, and Career Chair for Outlaw, the Law Center’s LGBT student group, according to the university. After her controversial testimony to Congress endorsing the HHS mandate, both Georgetown President John DeGioia and President Barack Obama publicly offered her support in the face of conservative critics.
In April, Georgetown, a Jesuit university, invited students, faculty and staff to a ”A Conversation with Sandra Fluke on Contraception Access."
Fluke endorsed Obama in June in a CNN op-ed, saying "Obama is committed to rebuilding our economy upon the values of fairness and opportunity and the belief that all Americans, both men and women, must have the rights they deserve.”
HT Life News
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