From President Barack Obama and others, Rush Limbaugh is under fire for calling a college student a "slut" because she had testified before Congress about the need for contraceptive coverage.
The student, Sandra Fluke a student at Georgetown, received a supportive phone call from Obama. A White House spokesman said Limbaugh's remarks were "reprehensible."
There have been calls for Limbaugh's sponsors to pull their ads from his radio talk show. At least two companies are doing so.
On his radio show Thursday, Limbaugh unleashed a verbal assault on Fluke. As he described it, she had gone before Congress to say "she must be paid to have sex." And he says that makes her a "slut" and a "prostitute." He then suggested that Fluke distribute sex tapes of herself.
Fluke had told lawmakers that Georgetown, a Jesuit institution, doesn't provide contraception coverage in its student health plan, and that contraception can cost a woman more than $3,000 during law school.
After speaking to Obama, Fluke choked up as she told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that the president had told her that her parents should be proud of her.