FLUKE'S PATH

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Sandra Fluke, attorney and women's rights activist, speaks to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Sandra Fluke, attorney and women's rights activist, speaks to delegates at the Democratic National Convention …

Sandra Fluke followed an unusual path to women's rights activist.

Republicans denied the Georgetown Law student a chance to testify on contraception earlier this year. She spoke out and earned the wrath of talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who called her a "slut." Women came to her defense. Limbaugh apologized.

On Wednesday night, Fluke got a prime-time speaking slot at the Democratic convention, in which she highlighted Obama's response and endorsed his candidacy.

She said the choice is "an America in which our president, when he hears a young woman has been verbally attacked, thinks of his daughters — not his delegates or donors — and stands with all women. And strangers come together, reach out and lift her up. And then, instead of trying to silence her, you invite me here — and give me a microphone — to amplify our voice. That's the difference."

"We talk often about choice. Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to choose," Fluke said.

— Donna Cassata — Twitter https://twitter.com/donnacassataAP

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