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Women’s rights activist visits students on her campus voting tour

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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:30 am

Women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke made an appearance on Turlington Plaza on Wednesday to encourage students to utilize early voting for next week’s presidential election.

Fluke stopped at UF as part of her “It’s On You” Youth Early Vote Campus Outreach tour.

About 40 students gathered by the potato statue to listen.

“Florida is so critical to this election,” Fluke said in her speech.

She received national attention after a congressional controversy regarding whether insurance should include a contraception mandate. Talk show host Rush Limbaugh then called her a “slut” on air.

On Wednesday, Fluke mentioned that President Barack Obama doubled investment in Pell Grants, gave families with college students a tuition tax credit and fought to keep student loan rates low.

Victoria Joyal, a 21-year-old computer engineering senior and Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood officer, said she was happy Fluke came to rally students.

“I’ve noticed that a lot of people aren’t as enthusiastic about voting as they should be,” Joyal said. “Having a notable person will get people more excited to vote.”

Following the speech, Fluke walked students to an early voting van, which took students to polling places in Alachua County.

Fluke is traveling throughout the state to mobilize young voters, she said. Her next stop is in Wakulla.

“This is like, razor-thin close,” she said, “and youth — college kids — are going to be able to make a difference.”

Contact Kathryn Varn at [email protected].

Welcome to the discussion.


  • Scott_Sommers posted at 2:17 pm on Wed, Nov 7, 2012.

    Scott_Sommers Posts: 43


    oh wait no pills are better

  • SeanJohnson posted at 4:16 pm on Mon, Nov 5, 2012.

    SeanJohnson Posts: 9

    What are you people talking about? At what point did Sandra Fluke ever say that taxpayers should pay for contraceptives? Her speech before Congress was about a private healthcare plan ran by a private university.

  • Romulan posted at 10:30 pm on Sat, Nov 3, 2012.

    Romulan Posts: 498

    Someone who can't manage her monthly personal finances well enough to be able to set aside $10 or maybe $15 for b.c. pills.... not surprising that SHE would be endorsing Mr. "my daughter's seventh-grade math is over my head!"

  • SayWhatNow posted at 5:17 am on Sat, Nov 3, 2012.

    SayWhatNow Posts: 1

    Describing Fluke as a "women’s rights activist" is like calling a vibrator a monument to civil rights.

  • bulldog posted at 8:47 am on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    bulldog Posts: 1

    The freaks on the steps of the Student Union get a better turn out. Funny how a graduate of Georgetown Law School has to beg taxpayers of America for her birth control.

  • Lady Smarts posted at 11:00 pm on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    Lady Smarts Posts: 1

    I vote with my lady smarts

    Ergo I vote Republican


  • drewsma posted at 11:59 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    drewsma Posts: 3

    40 people! That must be a record for her. She had 10 people at an event in Nevada. Women need to stop voting with their pelvis and start using their brains.