DENVER — Colorado progressives are demanding an apology from Republican state Sen. Greg Brophy for comments he made on Twitter Saturday and to FOX31 Denver Monday echoing Rush Limbaugh’s controversial remarks about a woman’s right to access birth control.
Limbaugh has lost 12 sponsors for his radio show since he called a Georgetown University student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” for pushing the Jesuit institution’s health insurer to cover the cost of her birth control.
Limbaugh has since apologized, but Brophy, a lawmaker from Wray, a reliably conservative district near the Colorado-Nebraska line, has been defending Limbaugh on Twitter — and irking Colorado progressives in the process.
The tweet that really set them off is one echoing Limbaugh and likening a woman’s need for birth control to other frivolous Spring Break behaviors.
“And Ms Fluke, I don’t want to buy your booze, pay for your spring break or your birth control. Call your Dad for that,” Brophy tweeted on Saturday.
When asked about the comments by FOX31 Denver on Monday, Brophy didn’t apologize and accused Democrats of trying to gin up more controversy over contraception to distract the public from other issues like the economy.
“I just don’t think I should have to pay for somebody else’s birth control,” Brophy told FOX31 Denver. “This has become now a national effort to try and distract Americans from the failed economic policies of the Obama administration.”
Colorado Democrats have indeed seized on Brophy’s comments, as they did Limbaugh’s.
“The debate that is taking place is deeply offensive to Colorado’s women and a slap in the face,” said state Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, on Monday.
“Colorado women want access to no-cost contraception. Contraceptives allow women to plan their lives, when they want to have children, and be able to successfully pursue other professional goals that they have.”
On Tuesday, Colorado progressive groups like Progress Now and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado piled on, bashing Brophy and demanding an apology.
“Colorado now has its very own Rush Limbaugh, in the form of State Senator Greg Brophy,” said Emilie Ailts, who heads up NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado. “Senator Brophy’s anti-woman rhetoric is insulting, patronizing and completely unacceptable.
“That Senator Brophy goes so far as to differentiate between ‘legitimate’ uses of birth control and morally unacceptable uses show his utter lack of respect for the 99% of women throughout America who make the responsible decision to prevent unplanned pregnancy – thereby reducing the need for abortion.”