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Sandra Flukeā€™s DNC Speech Paints Stark Picture of Romney Presidency

JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Georgetown law student shut out of a congressional hearing on contraception earlier this year is basking in the glow of the Democratic National Convention's primetime stage.

Speaking before a fired-up crowd at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday night, Sandra Fluke painted a stark picture of what a country led by Republican Mitt Romney could be, calling it “an America in which access to birth control is controlled by people who will never use it, in which politicians redefine rape so survivors are victimized all over again,” she said to huge cheers from the audience.


Fluke also singled out Romney’s running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., who worked on legislation that would have redefined rape, banned abortion in all cases, and cut off funding for abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.

“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,” she said.

The young law student then gave a hearty endorsement for a country headed by President Obama.

“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,” said Fluke. “And strangers come together, reach out and lift her up. And then, instead of trying to silence her, you invite me here, and give me a microphone, to amplify our voice.”

Talk of a woman’s choice has flooded the political arena of late, and Fluke played to that, signaling to Americans that the choice that matters the most is the one they will make this November.

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DNC Set to Feature Sandra Fluke, Pro-Abortion Rights Activists

JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Democrats Wednesday unveiled a list of 10 new activists and politicians -- all women -- scheduled to speak at the party’s grand gathering in Charlotte, N.C., next month, while Republicans grapple with defiant Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin and questions about the party’s decision to renew a push in its convention platform for an abortion ban that makes no exception in cases of rape or incest.

Headlining the Democrats’ group is Georgetown Law grad Sandra Fluke, the woman Rush Limbaugh called a “slut” on his radio show in March after she testified before Congress about the strains facing her and other students denied contraception coverage by their school. Democrats seized on Limbaugh’s comments, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launching a fundraising campaign decrying the “War on Women,” now a familiar phrase in the campaign season.

Fluke has since become an increasingly visible surrogate for President Obama, most recently introducing him at an Aug. 8 rally in Denver. She responded Tuesday to Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape” and pregnancy via an email relayed by the Obama campaign.

“This controversy is not an accident, or a mistake, or an isolated incident,” Fluke wrote. “It’s a reflection of a Republican Party whose policies are dangerous for women.”

Less than a day after Fluke’s email went out, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan refused to give his definition of “forcible rape,” a term used in an early draft of legislation co-sponsored by Ryan and Akin. Editor-in-Chief Jodi Jacobson, a longtime women’s and reproductive rights activist and writer, applauded the DNC’s decision to include Fluke to their list of convention speakers.

“She is extremely articulate and smart,” Jacobson said. “Some leaders come about over time, others are catapulted. She speaks for a new generation of young women.”

The old guard will be represented in Charlotte, too, as Nancy Keenan, the president of the country’s longest active abortion-rights group, NARAL Pro-Choice America, has also accepted an invitation to speak.

“As I stand on stage at the convention, I will amplify your pro-choice voices,” Keenan wrote in a blog post Wednesday. “I’m proud that the Democratic Party is again reaffirming its commitment to protect women’s reproductive rights through the party platform, and by choosing so many pro-choice speakers for the convention.”

DNC spokeswoman Melanie Rousell told ABC News, “This convention will define the election as a choice between two very different paths for our nation, particularly when it comes to the health and economic security of women and middle-class families. The speakers announced today were chosen because they can personally define that choice.”

There is no word yet on when Fluke or Keenan will speak, although the group introduced Wednesday is expected to be split up over the three nights (Sept. 4-6) of the convention, which the DNC says will have a “50-50″ split between male and female delegates, in accordance with party rules.

The other speakers confirmed Wednesday morning: Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin; Tammy Duckworth, the former assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ; Denise Juneau, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Montana; Caroline Kennedy; Lilly Ledbetter; Eva Longoria, actress and Obama Campaign Co-Chairwoman; U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland; and Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood.

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Obama Joins Sandra Fluke, Pitches Health Law in Colorado

JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages(DENVER) -- Trailing rival Mitt Romney in a new Colorado poll, President Obama Wednesday kicked off a two-day swing through the state by aggressively courting women voters with his signature health care law.

The vigorous pitch, emphasizing the law’s popular benefits for women -- from preventive care services without co-pays to mandated insurance coverage for contraceptive care -- underscores just how important Democrats believe women voters will be in the battle for November.

"I don’t think a working mom in Denver should have to wait to get a mammogram just because money is tight. I don't think a college student in Colorado Springs should have to choose between textbooks or the preventive care that she needs," Obama said. "That's why we’ve passed this law. It was the right thing to do."

Obama pitched a sharp contrast with Romney on the Affordable Care Act, noting that the governor has said he would "kill it dead" on his first day in office.  He also raised Romney's pledge to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood and tepid support last year for a Mississippi person-hood amendment that was widely interpreted as threatening to outlaw some forms of birth control.

“I mean, you know, Mr. Romney’s running as the candidate of conservative values. There’s nothing conservative about a government that prevents a woman from making her own health care decisions. He says he’s the candidate of freedom. But freedom’s the chance, the opportunity to determine for yourself the care that you need when you need it,” Obama said.

Obama’s pitch was aimed at shoring up support with women among whom he holds a significant edge over Romney in the latest Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll, 51 to 43 percent.  Among men, Obama fares much worse, trailing Romney by 17 points in the poll, 39 to 56 percent.

Romney leads Obama overall in Colorado, 50 to 45 percent. The poll, conducted July 31 to Aug. 6 has a margin of error of plus or minus three points.

But Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said Obama’s characterization of the presumptive GOP nominee’s views are simply “false and recycled,” and an attempt to divert attention away from the economy.

“Hundreds of thousands of women have lost their jobs, poverty among women is highest in nearly two decades, and half of recent graduates can’t find a good job,” she said. “Middle-class families have struggled in the Obama economy, and Mitt Romney has a plan to strengthen the middle class and get our country back on the right track.”

The former Massachusetts governor said during the GOP primary that he does not oppose the use of birth control and would not support steps to ban contraception in the states.

Still, Democrats say opposition to the Obama health law requirement that employer health plans cover contraceptive services free of charge signals a distinct difference in philosophy on women’s health.

“We must remember that even though it’s 2012, we’re still having the debates that we thought were won before I was even born,” said Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law School graduate turned women’s rights activist who was attacked as a “slut” and “prostitute” by conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh in March for publicly supporting Obama’s health law. She appeared publicly with Obama today for the first time.

“We must remember that we have a candidate -- President Obama -- who understands getting access to the care they need, when they need it,” she said, referring to birth control and federal funding for Planned Parenthood clinics. “And we must remember that we have another candidate, Mitt Romney, who wants to take all of that away.”

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