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Sandra Fluke Speech Full Text and Video: ‘Many Women Are Shut Out and Silenced’

Every woman deserves for her voice to be heard and her rights respected.

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September 6, 2012 - 11:23 am
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Editor’s note: Because PJ Lifestyle is committed to ensuring that no woman is ever marginalized from participating in the political process, we are republishing the full text of Reproductive Justice Activist Sandra Fluke’s speech to the Democratic National Convention. Her speech is presented unaltered with appropriate illustrations depicting the horrific war on women supported by one of America’s leading political parties.

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Some of you may remember that earlier this year, Republicans shut me out of a hearing on contraception. In fact, on that panel, they didn’t hear from a single woman, even though they were debating an issue that affects nearly every woman. Because it happened in Congress, people noticed. But it happens all the time. Many women are shut out and silenced. So while I’m honored to be standing at this podium, it easily could have been any one of you. I’m here because I spoke out, and this November, each of us must do the same.

During this campaign, we’ve heard about the two profoundly different futures that could await women—and how one of those futures looks like an offensive, obsolete relic of our past. Warnings of that future are not distractions. They’re not imagined. That future could be real.

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