The Left needs to change its strategy on communicating the War on Women if it wants to win over Americans said 30-year-old Georgetown Law Student Sandra Fluke said a panel at the Taking Back the American Dream Conference on Wednesday.
“We have to grapple with how we are under attack,” said Fluke. “We are so much so, that we almost have a reactionary approach.”
Fluke was catapulted to stardom by the American Left after her testimony in front the House Oversight Committee about the HHS Mandate led to a public feud with conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh. Democratic President Barack Obama then called her to apologize for Limbaugh’s uncouth remarks extending her 15 of fame and making her a liberal hero. Fluke’s controversial views on ‘Women’s Reproductive Rights’ and birth control—have gained her scorn from conservatives and praise from the pro-abortion movement.
Fluke said the Left’s goal was to recruit less involved moderates who might not necessarily be Left-leaning on other issues to join the so-called war on reproductive rights, which she said can be done by organizing at the local level.
“Communities respond to respectful dialogue, not over-the-top rhetoric,” she said, claiming the American people are tired of hearing enflamatory dialogue from conservatives, and certainly don’t want to hear it from liberals.
When talking about a woman’s choice to have an abortion, Fluke said, “we need to talk about what that experience is actually like, and not let [conservatives] paint the issue.”
Fluke said the reactionary approach that the Left has taken as of late is not the best way to deal with women’s issues, because they are allowing conservatives to frame the debate.
For months, the American Left has been playing up the faux “Republican War on Women.” But after a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released earlier this month showed only three in 10 women believe there’s actually a wide-scale effort to restrict women’s reproductive choices, the Left has had to come to terms with the fact that its framing of conservatives’ fight for religious freedom isn’t convincing anyone – not even it’s base.