Sen. Landrieu ‘Not Going to Make any Comments’ on Fluke Testimony

By Matt Cover | March 9, 2012 | 3:31 PM EST

( - Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) refused to comment on the testimony of Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke when asked by the media. Fluke had testified before an all-Democrat committee that contraceptives could cost $3,000 for a law school student, and stressed that an ObamaCare regulation mandating health insurers to offer contraceptives free of charge should be implemented.

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At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, started to ask Landrieu about Fluke, saying, “Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke told Congress that contraception costs --”

But just as Fluke’s name was mentioned, Landrieu interrupted and said, “I’m not going to make any comments.”

“Not at all?” asked

“No,” said Landrieu.

Fluke had testified on Feb. 23 as the sole witness before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, head by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). She spoke in favor of the Obamacare regulation that requires all health insurers to offer abortifacients, contraceptives, and sterilizations free of charge.

The Catholic Church, more than 2,500 Protestant leaders, the Orthodox bishops, Jewish leaders, and at least 158 members of Congress have denounced the regulation as a violation of religious liberty under the First Amendment because it forces people to subsidize a produce or service that is contrary to their religious faith.

Before the panel, Fluke said, “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.

“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.

Law student and reproductive rights activist Sandra Fluke. (AP Photo)

“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.