"Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy," Fluke testified regarding the Catholic university's policy of not covering birth control. "Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school."
But Fluke's testimony was very misleading.
Birth control pills can be purchased for as low as $9 per month at a pharmacy near Georgetown's campus.
According to an employee at the pharmacy in Washington, D.C.'s Target store, the pharmacy sells birth control pills--the generic versions of Ortho Tri-Cyclen and Ortho-Cyclen--for $9 per month.
"That's the price without insurance," the Target employee said.
Nine dollars is less than the price of two beers at a Georgetown bar.
The interesting part of the story is the ever-evolving "coed".
In the beginning she was described as a Georgetown law student.
It was then revealed that prior to attending Georgetown she was an active women's right advocate. In one of her first interviews she is quoted as talking about how she reviewed Georgetown's insurance policy prior to committing to attend, and seeing that it didn't cover contraceptive services, she decided to attend with the express purpose of battling this policy.
During this time, she was described as a 23-year-old coed. Magically, at the same time Congress is debating the forced coverage of contraception, she appears and is even brought to Capitol Hill to testify.
This morning, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, it was revealed that she is 30 years old, NOT the 23 that had been reported all along.
Though there aren't links in the original post to the content mentioned, a little digging shows that it's all true. Fluke has described herself as a third year law student at Georgetown University, and indeed, that is what she is.
However, contrary to the narrative of innocent victimhood that portrays Fluke as a wide-eyed 23-year-old girl caught without contraception on a college campus full of predatory men, Fluke herself is really a 30-year-old women's rights activist who not only didn't get caught without contraception at Georgetown, but specifically knew the university didn't cover it and chose to attend for precisely that reason.
Concerning the matter of Fluke's age. In a segment on Fluke's battle with Rush Limbaugh, MSNBC reporter Anne Williams called Fluke "the 23-year-old Georgetown law student, prohibited from testifying." Yet Fluke's own Linkedin profile reveals a more mature woman:
In fact, according to that profile, she graduated from college in 2003. Barring Fluke being a child prodigy who somehow graduated college at the age of 15, this would make her at least 30 years old.