In this video, David Gregory on Meet the Press wants Newt’s take on Rush Limbaugh’s weekend apology to Sandra Fluke. Newt answers that question at a little more than two minutes in. In the meantime, Gingrich talks about the loss of religious liberty surrounding the Fluke dustup and apologies – particularly Presidential apologies. Gregory is intent on “framing” the problem as an assault on women’s reproductive rights. You’ll remember that Sandra Fluke was representing Law School Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) and while doing so before Congress, she lied about the cost of birth control. Not mentioned is Fluke and Obama’s crazy idea that birth control must be paid for, as a reproductive right, by insurance companies and then passed on to taxpayers who will be paying inflated premiums. Liberal women want their OB-GYN appointments paid for as well as their birth control. As one Lefty commenter on my blog said, “maintaining ladyparts isn’t cheap.” Liberal women and Liberal men want to redistribute every possible cost across the unsuspecting people of these great United States.
Things are changing fast. Just a few short years ago, a Liberal guy and his Liberal gal bought and paid for their own Yugo (which…they drove with pride). Today, with the demise of the little problem-ridden vehicle (why was the Yugo’s back window always heated? To warm the hands of the pushers) that same guy and gal want a huge government incentive (provided by the taxpayer) to buy the latest little Singer sewing machine on four wheels.
Newt makes the point that not only Catholics are outraged at Government involvement in our religious beliefs about the sanctity of life, but Protestants are as well, and I thank him for that.
To the video:
Gregory’s question: do you think it appropriate for Rush Limbaugh to apologize to Sandra Fluke? How much damage has this done [to Rush, to Conservatives, to Republican Presidential candidates]. Gingrich talks about religious liberty and as a part of the assault on it, mentions Obama’s vote for infanticide (killing babies if they survive abortion) when he was as Illinois State Senator.
Gregory repeats: Do you think it harmful that Limbaugh, certainly an influential voice in the conservative grassroots…was it appropriate for him to apologize? Do you think he’s done damage to the debate that you are now getting into?
At 2.26 minutes in:
[GINGRICH] I think it was appropriate for Rush to apologize. I’m glad he apologized. Do you think the President owes an apology to all the men and women in uniform, whom he abandoned when he apologized to fanatics in Afghanistan? What’s your opinion David?…
[GREGORY] Well, I’m going to continue with my question.
[GINGRICH] If you want to get into a discussion about apologies, I’m happy to discuss it.
[GREGORY] You want the other side to appreciate your view that this is a religious liberty issue. Can you appreciate the other view that this is an attack on women’s rights, reproductive rights, access to contraception, and the extreme that it’s some kind of war on women. Do you appreciate that view at all?
[GINGRICH] Wait. No one’s blocking access to contraception. The young lady who testified can get contraception. Nobody said she couldn’t.
The question is, should a Catholic institution, or for that matter, the Ohio Christian University is a Protestant institution, which is a very pro-life institution, which is now being told it will have to pay for abortion pills. Now should a Protestant fundamentalist institution be dictated to by Washington politicians over whether or not it can have it’s own religious beliefs, or have we become a country where it’s okay to go to church on Sunday morning for an hour, but let’s not actually express those beliefs the rest of the week?
This is the most fundamental assault on religious liberty in America despite every effort by the elite media to distort.
It’s not access to contraception. Those who want to can get access to contraception every day….
[GREGORY] …You just don’t like the framing of it?
[GINGRICH] Right…the framing was false. That young lady can get contraception everyday. There is no place in America where it is illegal to get contraception
End partial, loose video transcript.
Any conceived reproductive justice and reproductive right ends when it hits my pocketbook.
In case you missed it, Jammie Wearing Fool points out that Sandra Fluke’s appearance is no fluke. For starters, she was first said to be a young woman of only 23 years old. Guess what? She’s 30. Read it here.
David Gregory Newt Gingrich: Limbaugh’s Apology to Sandra Fluke (video)