Here are some key excerpts from Sandra Fluke's speech to the DNC Convention on Wednesday night. Fluke spoke to Convention at approximately 10:00 p.m., shortly before Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton took the floor.
Fluke is a Georgetown law grad and women's rights activist who came to national attention when Republicans refused to allow her to testify to the House. She became the subject of inflammatory comments by Rush Limbaugh about her sex life.
Key parts of Fluke's speech are below:
“Too many women are shut out and silenced. While I’m honored to be standing at this podium it easily could have been any one of you. I’m here because I spoke out. This November each of us moust speak out.”
“In [Mitt Romney's] America, your new president could be a man who won’t stand up to .. any of the extreme, bigoted voices in his party. An America in which you have a vice president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die avoidable deaths in emergency rooms. An America in which access to birth control is controlled by people who will never use it.”
“An America in which politicians redefine rape, and victims are victimized all over again.”
“That’s not the America that we could be, but not the one that we should be, and it’s not who we are.”
“We’ve also seen another America … an America in which we’d have the right to choose. … An America in which we decide when to start our families. An America in which our president, when he hears that a young woman has been verbally attacked, thinks of his daughters, not his delegates or his donors.”
“Over the last six months I’ve seen what these two futures look like … “We talk often about choice. Well ladies, and gentleman, it’s now time to choose.”