Protestors Hold "Rally Against Rush" at State Capitol
JEFFERSON CITY - Supporters of women's health rallied at the state capitol Wednesday to deliver what they said were 35,000 letters to House Speaker Steven Tilley and Governor Jay Nixon.
The group was protesting against Tilley's intention to put a bust in the capitol honoring radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Sarah Felts, president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice at the University of Missouri was one of the speakers at the rally.
"Limbaugh is so offensive and not what Missouri is about, and we deserve better than that," Felts said. "Could you have worst timing than to announce that after he said those horrible things about Sandra Fluke?"
Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut" and "prostitute" on his show after hearing her argument that her university, Georgetown, should cover contraception for female students.
Mike Kelle, who was at the rally, said Rep. Tilley is doing whatever he wants because the representative's term is coming to an end.
The group also protested the Missouri legislature's effort to control access to birth control and abortion care.
Rep. Tilley's office said he was unavailable for comment.
The rally was sponsored by the MO Coalition to Protect Women's Health, which includes the Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri, Progress Missouri, NARA Pro-Choice Missouri, Faith Aloud and others.