Is Rush Limbaugh Facing a Claim for Defamation?


On Wednesday, during his radio show, Rush Limbaugh discussed a college student who had testified at a Congressional hearing, stating that she needed her birth control to be covered by the school's health insurance. Limbaugh allegedly said: “What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute .... she wants to be paid to have sex … She’s having so much sex she can’t afford contraception.”

He was weighing in on on the controversy over religious organizations being forced to pay for birth control under their health plans. He made his comments following an appearance by Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University student, at an informal House Democratic hearing last month. Ms. Fluke testified in favor of Mr. Obama’s mandate, which Georgetown and other Catholic institutions have roundly condemned as an infringement on their religious rights.

At the hearing, Ms. Fluke said fellow students at her Jesuit university pay as much as $1,000 a year for contraceptives that are not covered by student health plans.

Do his comments expose him to a defamation claim by Ms. Fluke?

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