Sandra Fluke considering a run for Congress


Alex Wong/GETTY IMAGES - Sandra Fluke, who was then a third-year law student at Georgetown University and former president of the Students for Reproductive Justice group, testifies in 2012.

Sandra Fluke, a women's rights activist who came to prominence after conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh labeled her a "slut" for advocating government-funded contraception, is considering a run for Congress.

Fluke told KPCC that she is "strongly" considering a bid for the seat of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who announced his retirement earlier Thursday.

"I’m flattered that I’m being discussed as a potential candidate," Fluke said. "A number of folks I respect very deeply have reached out today and encouraged me to run. I am strongly considering running."

Limbaugh's comments about Fluke came after she was denied the right to testify in front of a House committee about the federal health law's contraception coverage mandate. Limbaugh, who had said Fluke was asking the government to fund her sex life, later apologized.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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