Attorney and women's rights activist Sandra Fluke, who was disparaged by talk show host Rush Limbaugh for her congressional testimony about student birth control, spoke Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.
Fluke said women face two profoundly different futures when they vote in November.
"Your new president could be a man who stands by when a public figure tries to silence a private citizen with hateful slurs," Fluke told her audience, implying Republican candidate Mitt Romney wouldn't stand up to extreme voices in his party. "It would be an America in which you have a new vice president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die preventable deaths in our emergency rooms... in which politicians redefine rape so survivors are victimized all over again."
She went on to pose President Obama as an alternative:
"We've also seen another future we could choose. First of all, we'd have the right to choose. An America in which our president, when he hears a young woman has been verbally attacked, thinks of his daughters -- not his delegates or donors --and stands with all women. And strangers come together, reach out and lift her up. And then, instead of trying to silence her, you invite me here."
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