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Obama Campaign Will Blast Email from Sandra Fluke

JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -– The Obama campaign will later today send out a mass e-mail to supporters from abortion rights activist Sandra Fluke criticizing the comments of embattled Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., and will try to tie them to the GOP presidential platform, ABC News has learned.

The email will be just the latest attempt by the Obama campaign to link the presumptive Republican presidential ticket to Akin, whose widely condemned remarks about rape have been disputed by both Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., among other prominent Republicans.

Fluke will also be announced as a speaker at the Democratic National Convention. Her email today will note that the Republican National Convention adopted a platform plank today that opposed abortion, with no exceptions mentioned.  The Obama campaign has been calling this plank “the Akin Amendment” since Akin’s controversial comments from Sunday were made in an attempt to explain his opposition to abortion in all circumstances, even for women who were raped.

"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," Akin said Sunday, about pregnancies resulting from rape. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin has since apologized for his comment, but that has done nothing to quell the criticism from Republican officials who fear that his comments have permanently undermined his opportunity to defeat vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

The Obama campaign has also noted that Akin and Ryan were two (of 227) co-sponsors of legislation that last year attempted to differentiate between “forcible” rape and other kinds. Under fire for parsing types of rape, House Republicans changed the legislation.

“Rape is rape,” President Obama said Monday, seizing the opportunity of a media focus on Akin’s remarks to inject himself into the debate. “The idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me.”

Left unsaid was the fact that the president wasn’t only referring to Akin and “legitimate” rape, but also Ryan and “forcible” rape.

With women voters up for grabs in this election, President Obama and the Democratic Party have seized on the Akin remarks in an attempt to draw distinctions between the president and Romney on social issues and to attempt to paint the GOP ticket as extremist.

Fluke first gained national attention after conservative talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh attacked her for the testimony she gave about contraception.

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Sandra Fluke: Rush Limbaugh's Apology Doesn't Change Anything

ABC/Barwall Productions(NEW YORK) -- The Georgetown law student who drew an apology from Rush Limbaugh this weekend after the conservative radio host called her a "slut" on his show said that his public apology wasn't sufficient during an appearance Monday on ABC's The View.

"I don't think that a statement like this issued, saying that his choice of words was not the best, changes anything, and especially when that statement is issued when he's under significant pressure from his sponsors who have begun to pull their support," said Sandra Fluke, 30-year-old student.

Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" on his show last week after hearing her testify to Congress arguing that her university's health insurance should cover contraception for female students.

On Saturday, he wrote an apology after several sponsors pulled their advertising from his program in response to the Fluke comments. 

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"My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir," Limbaugh wrote in a released statement. "I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices."

Fluke said she has not heard from Limbaugh personally, but added that she's not hoping to speak with him.

"The statements he's made about me over the air are personal enough, so I'd rather not have a personal phone call with him," Fluke said.

On his program on Friday, two days after he sparked the furor, Limbaugh repeatedly told his listeners that Fluke has "so much sex she can't afford it." President Obama called Fluke to offer his support that day, and Limbaugh mocked the president for placing the call.

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