Clinton Compares Sandra Fluke to Pro-Democracy Women Sold Into Slavery

When Hillary Clinton spoke at the Women in the World Summit in New York City on Saturday had the audacity to compare Georgetown Law Student Sandra Fluke to women activists in Burma who were beaten, sold into slavery and locked under house arrest.

That’s right. The United States Secretary of State actually tried to equate Ms. Fluke’s quest for birth control coverage with Aung San Suu Kyi‘s struggle for freedom in Burma, where she spent nearly 15 years under house arrest for being a pro-democracy advocate, an act which she eventually won a Nobel Peace Prize for.

Clinton’s exact remarks?

“Because for me, it has not been so much work as a mission, it has not been as strenuous as it has been inspiring, to have had the chance throughout my life, but certainly in these last 20 years, to have the privilege of meeting women and girls in our own country and then throughout the world who are taking a stand, whose voices are being heard, who are assuming the risks that come with sticking your neck out, whether you are a democracy activist in Burma or a Georgetown law student in the United States.”

Apparently testifying before Congress to force your university to pay for your birth control is now on par with being sold into slavery.

Clinton was absolutely correct in praising women activists like Aung San Suu Kyi, Leymah Gbowee (who helped bring peace in Liberia), and other women who have been beaten, imprisoned and sold into indentured servitude for daring to question the treatment of women in their own countries and calling for a change. These are women who literally have put their own lives in danger for the betterment of both women and the world and they deserve recognition and praise.

To put a law student whining about her birth control not being provided by her Catholic university in the same category, let alone sentence, is an insult to them and to the women fighting for democracy, peace and women’s rights everywhere.

Unfortunately she didn’t stop there.

Toward the end of her speech Secretary Clinton made another startling comparison. When discussing how extremists in Tunisia want to “strip women of their rights, curb their participation [and] limit their ability to make choices for themselves,” she made a not-so-thinly disguised comparison to the Catholic Church and other right-of-center organizations and individuals who were not supportive of the HHS Contraception mandate.

“Yes, it is hard to believe that even here at home, we have to stand up for women’s rights and reject efforts to marginalize any one of us,” she continued.

So, in addition to comparing Sandra Fluke’s birth control quest to bringing peace to Liberia, the Catholic Church and others are the right are now the equivalent to atrocities being committed against women in places like Tunisia, Libya and Afghanistan.

That’s stretching it quite a bit. You can hardly compare the Catholic Church’s refusal to procure birth control for its employees to Mukhataran Bibi, the woman put on trial in Pakistan for refusing to commit suicide after being brutally gang-raped by four men. The comparison isn’t there. It just isn’t. To try and invent a comparison is incredibly offensive to the women who have braved the truly horrific treatment by countries like Pakistan, Liberia and Burma. Complaining to Congress about being forced to purchase your own birth control pills is hardly Nobel Prize worthy and to put Ms. Fluke in the same category as such inspirational activists as the aforementioned women is ridiculous.

I expected more out of Hillary Clinton and unfortunately, I was brutally disappointed.

And to think Republicans thought she would have been a better choice to become President than Barack Obama.

Comments

Comments

  1. Erin says:

    I don’t expect you to post this but it is true that the huge debate over birth control coverage is a facet of sexual repression and conflict in this country. Medicines that are used only by women are not covered by these plans…why? Because the church believes they go against their teachings? Ever heard of separation of church and state?? Is it because they are not “necessary”?? Except women are still abhorred for having children out of wedlock, or aborting these fetuses, and birth control is an effective way of preventing this. The truth is that birth control is expensive and many women use it, many need it, and many can not afford it. Clinton was not saying the battles are the same thing, just that both include fighting against an unequal and gendered system.

    1. Billy Purcell says:

      Please post more, you don’t abort a fetus it’s a baby, the assertion/comparison from Clinton is ridiculous, it’s about 1st amendment stay on issue Fluke is a re-election pawn.

    2. Logan says:

      Erin.. I agree with you. Does Hillary really think that Sandra is on the same level as the rest of these women in terms of hardships? Not even close. But at its basis element, they are all fighting for the same thing, equal human rights for females. Sandra has thrown this topic into the foreground of politics which absolutely is doing as much good, if not more good for the discussion, for the knowledge, and for the revolution about women’s health and rights.

    3. Gunnhild says:

      Erin, either you are too young to remember the 1960’s true contraception debate within states about legally purchasing birth control pills OR you are old enough and reliving glory days. In any case, the separation of church and state does not apply to this case which is neither a federal issue or even a state issue any longer. Truth is birth control is a cheap drug and has become even cheaper as the decades have past. Birth control drugs are a choice issue. Either you can or cannot have sex with someone and risk a pregnancy. This is one of the few health issues within both male and female party’s control.

      Frankly, true women’s health issues are the physiology differences between male and female cardiac arrests (still the number one killer of women), our physiological difference in nutritional needs, differences in how we metabolize our energy needs, our differences in organ function, and so forth. Purchasing of birth control pills are not even in the top one hundred.

    4. Sam says:

      From the USCCB –

      “Second, we wish to clarify what this debate is—and is not—about. This is not about access to contraception, which is ubiquitous and inexpensive, even when it is not provided by the Church’s hand and with the Church’s funds. This is not about the religious freedom of Catholics only, but also of those who recognize that their cherished beliefs may be next on the block. This is not about the Bishops’ somehow “banning contraception,” when the U.S. Supreme Court took that issue off the table two generations ago. Indeed, this is not about the Church wanting to force anybody to do anything; it is instead about the federal government forcing the Church—consisting of its faithful and all but a few of its institutions—to act against Church teachings. This is not a matter of opposition to universal health care, which has been a concern of the Bishops’ Conference since 1919, virtually at its founding. This is not a fight we want or asked for, but one forced upon us by government on its own timing. Finally, this is not a Republican or Democratic, a conservative or liberal issue; it is an American issue.”

      You can read the whole statement here – http://usccb.org/news/2012/12-048.cfm

    5. Lisa Jones says:

      I agree with you Erin. The context wasn’t a comparison, more of an example of an extreme violation of women’s rights and a mild violation of women’s rights. Meaning there are issues at both end of the spectrum. But it appears that the author of the article feels that since women in our country are no longer being burned at the stake and can vote that we should shut up and be happy. Of course I notice several men lining up behind her with a resounding “here here”. That she uses her voice to marginalize women’s issues in our country becuase they’re not as horrifying as they are in other countries is what I call brutally disappointing.

  2. Patti Sereby says:

    Of course your’e right Erin. Those horrible Republicans FORCED Sandra Fluke to go to a Catholic University! They actually sold her to Georgetown as a slave! Oh wait… no. They didn’t do that. She chose to go there.

    1. Lisa Jones says:

      Good thing the suffragists didn’t follow your school of logic Patti. The “shut up and go somewhere else if you don’t like the way things are run around here” school of logic. Othewise, you still wouldn’t be able to vote. Women’s rights will always be an issue worthy of a good fight. No matter where you are.

  3. I don’t believe every health plan in this country is run by sinister agents of the Pope. I don’t believe there are so many women in this country who cannot afford to go to WalMart, or Target, or Rite-Aid and CVS and spend nine bucks a month on birth control. This whole “scandal” is nothing but a gimmick to stir up voters… And force the public to pay for some people’s voluntary behavior choices.

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