President Obama said on Tuesday that called Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke because he wanted to set an example for his daughters, and young people in general, after conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh called Fluke names.
"The reason that I called Ms. Fluke is that I thought about Malia and Sasha," Obama told a news conference.
"I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and throughtful way, and I don’t want them attacked, or called horrible names, because they’re being good citizens. And I thought Sandra should know that I thought her parents should be proud of her."
Fluke made national headlines when she testified in support of the administration's decision to require all employers to provide contraceptive care as part of health insurance coverage, with "accommodations" for religiously affiliated employers.
Limbaugh has since apologized for singling out Fluke for her testimony, after he called her a "prostitute" and a "slut". Obama called her last week to show his support.
“All decent folks can agree, that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse," Obama said.