10:23 am Mar. 2, 20128
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand emailed supporters this morning to highlight Rush Limbaugh's comments suggesting Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student, was a "prostitute" and "slut" for wanting to testify before Congress in support of the president's contraception mandate.
Gillibrand called it "one of the most vile tirades against women I’ve ever heard."
"Using words like 'slut' and 'prostitute,' he denigrated the brave women like Sandra Fluke who’ve stood up for their rights," Gillibrand wrote in the email. "He even went so far as to suggest that all women should post pornographic videos of themselves to pay him back for supposedly financing their birth control."
Gillibrand has been talking about a conservative and Republican "war on women" well before the current controversy over President Obama's contraception mandate.
Yesterday, the Senate narrowly defeated an amendment from Missouri Senator Roy Blunt that would have allowed businesses broad latitude to opt out of requirements in the health care law. House Speaker John Boehner has pledged to keep fighting on the issue, with a similar measure in the House.
"I’m proud that together we managed to defeat the Blunt Amendment but, as you can see, our work is far from over," she said in the email this morning.