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BIRTH CONTROL: Fluke’s testimony misrepresented

Letter by Chris Gillis, Puyallup on March 8, 2012 at 11:14 am | 110 Comments »
March 8, 2012 11:14 am

Re: “Liberals’ hypocrisy is showing” (online letter).

After reading this letter attempting to reference the testimony of Sandra Fluke from Georgetown University before Congress, I found it to be another total misrepresentation of her words.

Her testimony was about other students’ problems obtaining reproductive health care and not about her problems. In her testimony she described a student who developed serious health problems as a result of not being able to obtain the necessary care.

What makes this letter even more preposterous is providing reproductive care can make health care less expensive for taxpayers and for everyone who has insurance, not just by preventing unwanted pregnancies but also by preventing serious health problems that would have to be paid for by either an insurance company or the public.

More importantly, it is one thing for an individual who writes a letter to the editor and gets their facts wrong. But it is an entirely another thing for a media professional (or a so-called entertainer when caught in a fix) to continually misrepresent the facts and testimony of an individual citizen.

This reminds me of a famous statement made as a result of similar frustrations during the witch hunt of the McCarthy hearings of 1954 and marked the beginning of the end for Sen. Joe McCarthy: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

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