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Rush Limbaugh is right about free D.C. condoms

Limbaugh equates free government condoms with mandated insurance coverage of birth control. (Win McNamee/GETTY IMAGES)

Today El Rushbo again involved the District government in his latest culture-war prosecution, noting that the city health department offers free contraception. Per a transcript:

Folks, if you ask ‘em — if you ask ‘em — the Washington, DC, Department of Health will send you free condoms and lube. The DC Department of Health free condoms and lube if you just ask ‘em for it! So Ms. Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal: If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. And I’ll tell you what it is. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.

So, yes, that’s all rather vile — a reference to today’s congressional testimony of Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, who argues that birth control should be covered by health plans offered by all employers, even Catholic universities like Georgetown.

Limbaugh’s crude point is that Fluke had access to free contraception regardless of her health insurance coverage, so what’s the big deal? That, of course, doesn’t quite address the debate at hand, but how did Limbaugh do on the facts?

He’s almost entirely correct.

The D.C. Department of Health does, like other government health agencies and many nonprofit organizations, offer free condoms and personal lubricant.

Most condoms and lube are made available to “community partners and business establishments” as part of the city’s efforts to combat its high HIV/AIDS rate. But individual residents can, in fact, fill out an online form and have a package of 10 free condoms mailed to them directly. No mention of lubricant.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.


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