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Fw: Tell Rush's Corporate Sponsors to Use the Withdrawal Method

From: Norma Jeane Y.
Sent on: Saturday, March 10, 2012 10:35 AM

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From: "Kristin," <[address removed]>
To: Norma Young <[address removed]>
Sent: Thursday, March 8,[masked]:49 PM
Subject: Tell Rush's Corporate Sponsors to Use the Withdrawal Method
It's time to flex our economic muscles!
Join us in telling Rush Limbaugh's many corporate sponsors to withdraw their ads from Rush's show immediately!
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Dear Norma,
Tuesday, MomsRising members were invited to rush Rush Limbaugh off the air by urging his corporate sponsors to withdraw their advertising---and the response was enormous!  Thousands of signatures poured in. 
*Do you want to sign on too? 
What better way to celebrate International Women's Day (today!), than by standing up for women.  And, the time to sign on is now.  
Women "control $12 trillion of the overall $18.4 trillion in global consumer spending,"[1] and companies tremble in their boots when their consumers speak up in a mass.  More than 20 advertisers have already dropped Rush, including AOL, ProFlowers, and Sleep Number [2], but many more advertisers remain.[3]  It's time to flex our economic muscles and show Rush, and his corporate sponsors, that moms stand up to bullies.    
*Join us in telling the many remaining corporate sponsors of Rush Limbaugh's program to show women, their consumers, some respect by withdrawing their advertising from Rush Limbaugh's show immediately:
Here's a quick recap of what's happened so far: On his Wednesday radio show last week, Rush Limbaugh said this about Sandra Fluke's support of access to birth control, “What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.”  He continued, “She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.” Then on his show last Thursday, Rush Limbaugh took it even further and said the following outrageous, sexist, and extreme statement: “If we’re going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”[4]  And then there was the quasi-apology on Saturday where he said his "choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir." [5]  
And then not content to leave well enough alone, just a couple days ago Rush Limbaugh again questioned Fluke's invitation to testify in the first place while on his show, saying, "She doesn’t have any expertise.”[6] 
In fact, Rush attacked her on air more than 50 times [7] just for speaking out in favor of insurance coverage of birth control for medical needs. 
Not only are his personal attacks against Sandra Fluke sexist and disgusting, the underlying premise is flat out wrong: 
  • While Rush Limbaugh mischaracterized Fluke by saying,"She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex," the proposal that Fluke testified about has nothing to do with taxpayers.  Instead, Fluke was supporting the part of the Affordable Care Act (health care reform) that requires insurance plans to cover with no copay certain preventive services, including contraception. This has now been updated with a compromise exempting religious employers from paying for birth control directly if they object to contraception, with insurance companies picking up that cost (because it saves them funds in the long run). [8]
  • Limbaugh also mischaracterized Fluke's support of birth control as beingsolely about having sex.   In fact, a central component of Fluke's testimony had to do with women sometimes needing to take contraception for reasons other than avoiding pregnancy.  One example she gave was a friend of hers who needed to take prescription birth control to stop the growth of cysts following surgery to have an ovary removed. [9] 
Rush's erroneous and misogynistic tirades are harmful. Our daughters see that when women speak up for women, they can be ridiculed, demeaned, and labeled "prostitutes."  And what's even more outrageous is that many of the commercial sponsors of Rush's show are marketing directly to women.  
Media figures and leaders increasingly seem to think it’s okay to behave in blatantly sexist ways as they try to limit women and mothers’ access to birth control--despite the fact that 99% of women in our nation have used birth control at some point in their lives [10]. 
Too much is at stake to let this media bullying continue.  Birth control matters to moms and to our nation.  Reliable birth control that permits women to responsibly control how many children to have, and when to have them, has been nothing short of a miracle -- not just for women and mothers, but for our country as a whole. It's improved the health of women and their families, as well as given women and mothers increased access to economic and political opportunities unlike any other time in history. 
Rush Limbaugh, the media, and Congress need to hear that attacking women, and attacking crucial contraceptive health care for women, is off limits.  
*Join us in telling the many remaining corporate sponsors of Rush Limbaugh's program to show women, their consumers, some respect by withdrawing their advertising from Rush Limbaugh's show immediately:
Your signature will be delivered to the corporate sponsors who are continuing to underwrite Rush's show.  
Not only is it important to stand up for women like Sandra Fluke, who are standing up for us all, it's also important to stand up for increased access to birth control.  
Mothers care deeply about their children, and we hear from members each day about how they're fighting for their children with their hearts and souls. Giving parents control over planning their families allows them, in turn, to give their children the best futures possible. 
Now is not the time to allow the voices of women to be silenced by intimidation from media bullies like Rush Limbaugh. Women’s voices must be heard!
Together, we are a powerful force for women and families, 

-- Kristin, Donna, Joan, Ashley, Mary, Ruth, Elisa, Sarah, Monifa, Claire, and the whole team 
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