Obama calls student in contraception debate

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has called a Georgetown law student whose stand on contraception coverage prompted Rush Limbaugh to deride her as a "slut" on his radio talk show.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama called Sandra Fluke Friday and expressed disappointment that she was the subject of personal attacks.

Fluke testified before a House committee last week on the administration's policy requiring religion-affiliated institutions to give employees access to health insurance that covers birth control. She attracted attention because the week before, the Republican-controlled committee had rejected a request that Fluke testify.

Limbaugh said Fluke's insistence on wanting contraception made her a "slut" and a "prostitute."

Carney says Obama believes Limbaugh's comments were "unfortunate attacks." Carney calls the comments "reprehensible."

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