Pelosi: Fluke’s $3,000 Contraception Testimony 'Factual'--Despite $9-Per-Month Birth Control Pills

Patrick Burke and Thomas Cloud | March 8, 2012 | 3:54pm EST
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

( House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the testimony Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke gave Pelosi on Feb. 23 in the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee was “factual” and that she has "a great deal of respect" for it.

Fluke testified that contraception can cost a law student $3,000 over three years, when in fact the Target store just 3 miles from the Georgetown Law School campus sells a month's supply of birth control pills for only $9 to people whose insurance does not cover contraception.

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At the U.S. Capitol, asked Rep. Pelosi, “Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke--she told Congress that contraception can cost over $3,000 for a woman during her time in law school. Yet the Target store 3 miles away sells a supply of birth control pills for $9 a month to women who do not have health insurance. Was her testimony accurate?”

Pelosi said: “I have a great deal of respect for the testimony that Sandra Fluke presented to Congress. She was factual, she was courageous and she made a difference in the debate and in the country, and we were honored by her presentation.”

Fluke had appeared before Pelosi in the all-Democratic committee to testify in favor of the Obamacare regulation that requires all health care plans in the United States to cover, with fees or co-pay, sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives including those that cause abortions. The U.S. Catholic bishops and many Catholic lay leaders, joined by many Protestant and Jewish leaders, have objected to the regulation saying it is an attack on religious liberty because it forces Catholics, and those who share their religious convictions on these things, to act against their faith.

Fluke testified, “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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“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 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.

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