Ben Johnson

The Passion of Sandra Fluke

Ben Johnson

The mainstream media have found their latest leftist martyr, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, who has been called an abrasive name by two talk show hosts after she testified, in essence, that Congress should gut the First Amendment because it mildly economically inconveniences the nation’s elite law students.

Sandra Fluke was barred from testifying before a House Oversight Committee hearing on religious freedom, because she had no intention to discuss the issue. The Democrats’ other witness, Barry Lynn, was invited but refused to come, a turn of events that led Virginia Democrat Gerald Connolly to charge the clergy who attended with being “complicit in the trampling of freedom.” (Trickle-down histrionics.) 

But Nancy Pelosi ensured that Fluke, the former head of Georgetown’s Students for Reproductive Justice, was allowed to address the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on Monday.

The fact that Georgetown Law does not cover contraception for students, Fluke testified, created “untenable burdens that impede our academic success” and proved Georgetown does not “live up to the Jesuit creed.”

As a result, the school’s sisterhood had “suffered financially, emotionally, and medically,” she said. Surely when one thinks of the faces of deprivation, one thinks of Georgetown Law co-eds.

Contraception, she said, “can cost a woman over $3,000 a year during law school…that’s practically an entire summer’s salary.”

As proof the Freedom of Religion should be repealed, she said, “Forty percent of the women at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy.”

That is, less than half of women she asked have told her they “struggled financially” while attending a $60,000-a-year school without holding down a full-time job.

She followed this datum by citing the tragic case of a woman who needed contraception to prevent ovarian cysts – and that, um, actually, Georgetown covered that. Case closed.

Craig Bannister points out at, $3,000 is enough money to buy enough condoms to have “protected” sex 2.74 times a day every day for three years. Asking why religious institutions should have to foot the bill for such extravagant sexual behavior, Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday said the fact the Fluke “says that she must be paid to have sex…makes her a prostitute.” Drawing attention to Fluke’s testimony about a classmate who found out at the pharmacy that Georgetown doesn’t cover contraceptives, one of Glenn Beck’s cohorts joked the store’s paging system would call her a “skank” and “slut.” (See 2:00 in the video below.)


Such statements, however uncouth, are not usually a Congressional matter. These were.

Democratic Representatives Pelosi, Louise Slaughter, Rosa DeLauro, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Carolyn Maloney, Elijah Cummings, and Diana DeGette issued a joint press release condemning the “vicious and inappropriate attacks,” which “are outside the circle of civilized discussion and that unmask the strong disrespect for women held by some in this country.”

But where were these defenders of decency and femininity when left-wing activists threatened to murder 14-year-old Sarah Crank, a homeschool student who dared to tell the Maryland state senate she opposed same-sex “marriage”?

This young lady’s crime was telling a hearing that was open to the public: “I really feel bad for the kids who have two parents of the same gender. Even though some kids think it’s fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on.”

The Forces of Tolerance and women’s rights greeted the expression of traditional moral sentiments as doubleplus un-good and immediately rained hatred upon her early adolescent, female skull.

Comments posted about Miss Crank threatened:

    “If I ever see this girl, I will kill her. That’s a promise”;
    “I hope you get raped by your married parents”;
    “Her parents should be exterminated”; and
    “Kill this child and his [sic] parent, for my 11 birthday would be a wonderful gift, thanks.”

Yet aside from a handful of websites, her treatment was not reported at all, while the nation has been treated to saturation coverage of the Passion of Sandra Fluke.

(Click “like” if you want to end abortion! )

When the Left is not celebrating the death of Andrew Breitbart, praying for Rush Limbaugh’s kidneys to fail, or writing an apologia for murdering newborn children, they castigate their opponents as angry, violent, potential terrorists.

Physician, heal thyself.

Sarah Crank is threatened with death for saying every child deserves a mother and a father. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani faces the death penalty in Iran for converting from Islam to Christianity. Chen Guangcheng is gravely ill following vicious beatings, home imprisonment, and separation from his family for exposing China’s vicious “one child” policy. Indeed, 3,288 babies were killed in the United States today without ever seeing the light of day, but not before making a lifelong mark on their mothers’ hearts and psyches.

There are a host of people whose mistreatment elicits my sympathies before the plight of Sandra Fluke. Perhaps they merit an iota of the media coverage that she has been accorded.

Ben Johnson is a journalist for He maintains his own website,




Read the 25 rudest things women hear when they announce they’re expecting again

Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

If you have more children than our new, sub-replacement U.S. fertility rate of 1.88 children, you've undoubtedly heard them: rude comments about your “large” family. Whether medical personnel continually ask you about sterilization at your medical check-ups, or fellow shoppers stare at your three children like the Duggars have just walked in the store, the non-suicidal segment of the U.S. population has to deal with inappropriate and off-putting words and behavior from those slowly contracepting themselves into extinction.

In fact, this social pressure has become so commonplace that – which can usually be depended upon to be reliably pro-abortion – has decided the breeder-shaming has gone too far. The website has compiled the 25 rudest things women hear when they announce that they are expecting again. Among them:

  • “With my last pregnancy, my boss told me I needed to have an abortion and get my tubes tied.”

  • "So who is getting fixed after this one, you or your husband?"

  • "Don't you feel bad that you're not going to pay as much attention to your daughter now?"

  • "Again?!"

  • "You are done after this ... aren't you?"

  • "Are you sure? I mean you just had a baby."

  • “Don't you know what rubbers are?”

  • "With all the forms of birth control out there, there is no reason why someone should be pregnant if they don't wanna be." Well duh lady ... we wanted to be!

  • “My mother told my sister, ‘She’s just trying to get a reaction out of me.’”

Read the whole list here.

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Stay classy: ‘Pizza and Porno’ fundraiser will benefit Planned Parenthood

Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

Planned Parenthood is anything but starved for funds, but it's always looking to sink its teeth into new revenue streams. And it has proven in the past that taste and decorum pose no barrier to their cashing a check.

A St. Louis man has unveiled the newest benefit for the nation's leading abortion provider: A Pizza & Porno Party.

For five dollars, people can chew gooey mozzarella while watching the 1979 porn film Hot and Saucy Pizza Girls. The Riverfront Times reports, “the money goes to Planned Parenthood.”

What could be less appetizing than watching a 35-year-old porn film in a darkened roomful of strangers? Knowing that your participation helps kill babies.

The event will take place at a bar called “The Crack Fox,” a name that exudes class, sophistication, and full compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations.

"We're trying to promote a positive attitude towards sexuality and promote the very important services of a health clinic,” Kloun said.

One of those “important functions” – at least, one of the few Planned Parenthood likes to talk about – is diagnosing sexually transmitted diseases, like those pandemic in the porn industry. One of the stars of Hot and Saucy Pizza Girls, the late John Holmes, died in 1988 from AIDS, a disease Planned Parenthood believes people have the right to conceal from their sexual partners. (Holmes reportedly exercised this option, making films after he knew he was HIV-positive.)

Periodic outbreaks of AIDS or syphilis have shut down the porn industry temporarily, and researchers at Boston University found that watching porn made young girls five-times more likely to engage in group sex. Porn mainstreams aberrant sexual practices and makes its viewers more likely to take part in risky sex that spreads disease.

In other words, this Kloun clown's fundraiser is a perfect match: imbecilic culture, low-brow “entertainment,” immature self-indulgence, and abortion – the murderous “solution” that covers up the consequences of sexual liberation.

Perhaps the most charitable thing that can be said is that this is not the most distasteful thing Planned Parenthood profits from.

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Why they marched, in their own words: Cool video from M4L 2014

Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 24, 2014 ( - Americans who believe in the right to life rarely get to present their motivation, their beliefs, or their personality in their own words. The media brand them as "anti-abortion," or "anti-choice," selecting the least representative figures and carefully editing their quotations to fit a preconceived narrative that pro-lifers are zealots, fanatics, and extremists. But pro-life Americans have had a surprising number of opportunities to speak for themselves recently - from Lila Rose's appearance on Crossfire to the video below, produced by the Heritage Foundation.

Heritage did what real journalists used to do: Go into the field and pound the pavement, interviewing participants to ask them why they're active and what made them brave subzero temperatures to make a political statement that too often falls on deaf ears.

The end of the video features Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst Sarah Torre's analysis:

The March for Life is important because of the truth that it proclaims: that every person from the moment of conception is a distinct and living human being who has the right to life. This isn't a right that just belongs to the strong or the  powerful. It's a right that belongs to all human beings regardless of their age, dependence, or ability.

Torre is exactly right. America must recognize the truth expressed in the Declaration of Independence "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Without the Founders' unique genius that all rights are God-given and cannot be infringed by government, no right is secure.

Removing God from the Declaration of Independence, as President Obama has so often done, leaves all rights subject to the tyranny of the majority. History proves time and again that, in a godless society, politics becomes nothing more than Nietzsche's will to power, the war of each against all, and the subjugation of the weak and powerless to the strong and ruthless. That is precisely the kind of society the right to life movement is trying to avoid.

This short, inspiring video will help convey the noble intentions and heartfelt beliefs of those who marched this week. Hat's off to Heritage for producing it.


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