Walsh's Comments were 'Wrong and Demeaning'

Letter to the editor

Congressman Joe Walsh hit a new low this week when he attacked Sandra Fluke for testifying before Congress on access to affordable birth control. He said, “Think about this, a 31-32 year old law student who has been a student for life, who gets up there in front of a national audience and tells the American people, ‘I want America to pay for my contraceptives.’ You’re kidding me. Go get a job. Go get a job, Sandra Fluke.”

Rep. Walsh’s attacks were wrong and demeaning. Sandra Fluke is a young woman who stood up for a friend who lost an ovary when she couldn’t afford the very expensive contraception she needed to treat her polycystic ovarian syndrome. It is disappointing to see a sitting Member of Congress attack a young woman who was so brave to come forward. Walsh also issued a blatant falsehood when he accused Fluke of being “a student for life.” America is fortunate to have Ms. Fluke, a smart and courageous woman, studying law.     

If Walsh is truly concerned about the families in his district who are struggling financially, then he should support policies that make it easier for women to afford the medication they need. 

Sadly, these aren’t the only sexist comments Walsh has made this week. He also made a misogynistic accusation about his opponent, Tammy Duckworth this week, saying, “The only debate Ms. Duckworth is actually interested in having is which outfit she’ll be wearing for her big speech.” I worked with Tammy Duckworth when she directed the State of Illinois Veterans Affairs. I watched her tirelessly look out for Illinois military families. She too is a smart and courageous woman, and America will be fortunate to have her serve as Congresswoman. 

Residents of Illinois’ 8th district deserve a representative who respects women and their choices. They deserve better than Joe Walsh. 


Jill Morgenthaler

Retired Army Colonel

Co-President, Illinois Democratic Women

Katherine September 22, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Janet: Obviously, you do not know anything about Medicare. You do pay a %. What is your proof that "far too many people abuse it." I'm sorry, but the elderly paid into it and the deserve it.
Katherine September 22, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Okay. then let Medicare negotiate prescription prices. We should get a great deal with millions of insured.
Katherine September 22, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Hate to tell you, but health insurance companies make enormous profits. And they keep increasing our premiums. Now, they will have to spend 85% of the premiums on actual patient care.
Janet Sirabian September 22, 2012 at 04:57 AM
"Janet: Obviously, you do not know anything about Medicare. You do pay a %. What is your proof that "far too many people abuse it." I'm sorry, but the elderly paid into it and the deserve it." Guess what Kathy? I know a lot about Medicare. I have been on it for over 6 years, and between Medicare and my supplemental BCBS, I have never paid one penny for anything. I agree that seniors have paid into Medicare and deserve it (again, my experience with Medicare has been excellent). And I do know there are many people that abuse Medicare. My doctors have even confirmed it. My only suggestion is that instituting perhaps a $20 copay would infuse $$ into Medicare and also mean fewer unnecessary doctor's visits.
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