Sen. Johnson: ‘I’ve Got Nothing To Say’ On Fluke Testimony

March 9, 2012 - 4:54 PM

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) refused to comment on the testimony of Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke when asked by the media. Fluke had testified before an all-Democrat committee in February that contraceptives could cost $3,000 for a law school student, and stressed that an ObamaCare regulation mandating that health insurers offer contraceptives free of charge should be implemented.

At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNSNews.com started to ask Johnson about Fluke, saying, “Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke told Congress that birth control --”

But after Fluke's name was mentioned, Sen. Johnson interrupted and said, “I’ve got nothing to say.”

Fluke had testified on Feb. 23 as the sole witness before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, headed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). She spoke in favor of the Obamacare regulation that requires all health insurers to offer abortifacients, contraceptives, and sterilizations free of charge.

Before the panel, Fluke said, “Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, that’s practically an entire summer’s salary. Forty percent of female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy.

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Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke. (AP Photo)

“One told us of how embarrassed and powerless she felt when she was standing at the pharmacy counter and learned for the first time that contraception was not covered on her insurance and she had to turn and walk away because she couldn’t afford that prescription," said Fluke. "Women like her have no choice but to go without contraception.

“Just last week,” Fluke said, “a married female student told me that she had to stop using contraception because she and her husband just couldn't fit it into their budget anymore. Women employed in low wage jobs without contraceptive coverage face the same choice."

“You might respond that contraception is accessible in lots of other ways," Fluke told the Democratic panel. "Unfortunately, that's not true."

However, as CNSNews.com has confirmed, a Target store pharmacy 3 miles from the Georgetown Law campus in Washington, D.C. sells the a one-month supply of the generic form of the birth control pill Ortho Tri-Cyclen for $9. Target offers Tri-Sprintec, which is the generic form of Ortho Tri-Cyclen.

In addition, a CVS pharmacy two blocks from the law campus sells the same monthly supply of pills for $33 per month.