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Boehner condemns Limbaugh for 'slut' comments

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Rush Limbaugh, host of the popular radio show of the same name, called a woman a "slut" on his radio show Wednesday. (Source: Premiere Radio Network) Rush Limbaugh, host of the popular radio show of the same name, called a woman a "slut" on his radio show Wednesday. (Source: Premiere Radio Network)

(RNN) - A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner condemned remarks by conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh Friday, telling CNN that Limbaugh's language was "inappropriate." 

Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that a woman who testified before a congressional committee on birth control healthcare coverage was a "slut," a sentiment he reiterated on his Thursday show.

"She wants us to pay for her sex, and she went to a congressional committee to close the sale," he said on his show Thursday, referring to Georgetown University Law School student Sandra Fluke.

"The speaker obviously believes the use of those words was inappropriate, as is trying to raise money off the situation," Michael Steel, Boehner's spokesman, told CNN.

Fluke testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on behalf of the Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She told the committee that women were suffering under the financial burden of contraception, which Fluke said could reach more than $3,000 over the course of law school.

Limbaugh debated the amount Thursday, citing Planned Parenthood's cost of birth control pills between $15 and $50 a month - at most $600 a year. Enough condoms to last five times a day every day in a given year would cost $953 according to Limbaugh.

"She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex," he told listeners on Wednesday. "What does that make us? We're the pimps."

House Democrats immediately called on Republican leaders to condemn the attacks on Fluke.

"Democrats will always stand up for women's health and women's voices," Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and a number of congresswomen said in a joint statement.

Vice Chairman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee Carly Fiorina told CBS Friday that Limbaugh's words were "insulting."

"It's incendiary and most of all, it's a distraction," she said. "It's a distraction from what are very real and important issues."

Georgetown University has the second largest law school in the country. It is also a Roman Catholic school.

"We did not expect that women would be told in the national media that if we wanted comprehensive insurance that met our needs, not just those of men, we should have gone to school elsewhere, even if that meant a less prestigious university," Fluke said.

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