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President Obama on Friday placed a call to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law school student at the heart of the debate over the contraception law, thanking her for speaking out on the issue.

The call came a day after conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh demanded that Fluke release tapes of her having sex in exchange for the contraception that she argued should be covered by employers. Fluke was set to go on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports when the president rang her on her phone. She took the call while waiting in the green room.

“He did express his concern for me and wanted to make sure that I was OK, which I am,” she said. “I’m OK.”

After being declined the opportunity to speak on a congressional panel to debate the president’s contraception rule, she was subsequently invited to address Democrats on the topic. For that, she was vilified by Limbaugh, who also compared her to a prostitute. On Friday, several leading Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), condemned the remarks. The call from the president put a capstone on the week.

Obama, said Carney, felt that, “the kinds of personal attacks that have been directed her way have been inappropriate.”

“The fact that our political discourse has been debased in many ways is bad enough,” he added. “It’s even worse when it is directed at a private citizen who is simply expressing her views about public policy.”

Limbaugh also reacted to President Obama’s call to Fluke. Obama told Fluke that her parents should be “proud” of her. Limbaugh had a different message for them. “I’d be embarrassed,” he said. “I’d disconnect the phone. I’d go into hiding.”

Source: Huffington Post