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After Losing Advertisers and a Mediocre Apology, Limbaugh Continues Attack on Women’s Health

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Student activist Sandra Fluke, who has been at the center of Rush Limbaugh's attacks, speaks with ABC News recently.

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UPDATE: More companies announced today that they would pull their ads from Rush Limbaugh's show, bringing the total to twenty.

At least a dozen companies have pulled their advertising from conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s show after he assailed student activist Sandra Fluke for testifying during a Congressional panel on women’s health, calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute.”

And despite a half-hearted apology from Limbaugh—in which he apologizes to Fluke but continues to attack women’s health—the backlash continues.

Limbaugh incorrectly conflated her testimony in his apology: she focused on telling other women’s stories about the preventative benefits of contraceptives to treat serious medical conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome, but he painted it as a recount of her “personal sexual recreational activities.” His statement also made it clear that he plans to continue his rant against women and their reproductive rights.

“During these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress,” Limbaugh said. “I think it is absolutely absurd that I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. …My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”

Appearing on The View on Monday, Fluke rejected Limbaugh’s apology.

“I don’t think that a statement like this … saying that his ‘choices of words was not the best’ changes anything,” said Fluke, who also suggested that the apology might have been prompted more by the intense corporate and public pressure Limbaugh has been facing than by genuine remorse.

Despite his apology, Limbaugh’s attacks on Fluke were rampant on Friday, when he suggested that her testimony is no different than someone knocking on his door and saying “I’m out of money I can’t afford birth control pills and I’m supposed to have sex with three guys tonight.”

Over the weekend and on Monday, Limbaugh tried to deflect a number of backlashes before finally apologizing to Fluke for his continuing tirade against her and the women she represented in her testimony.

While many—including hundreds of Campus Progress readers—have said they’re Standing with Sandra, the vicious attacks against her and millions of other women who rely on contraception continue. Sign our petition today.

Naima Ramos-Chapman is an associate editor at Campus Progress.

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