Following in the footsteps of Rush Limbaugh, Patricia Heaton issued an apology over comments that she had made about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke.
The double Emmy winner recently took to Twitter to state her opinion on Fluke’s Washington, D.C. appearance in support of President Obama's plan to mandate that religious institutions provide coverage through insurance companies, which includes free birth control and pharmaceutical abortion-inducing drugs for their employees.
After Limbaugh made reference to Fluke through the use of some controversial language, Heaton tweeted, “Hey G-Town Gal: If your parents have to pay for your birth control, maybe they should get a say in who you sleep with! Instant birth control!”
The actress additionally posted, "G-Gal: you’ve given yer folks great gift for Mother’s/Father’s Day! Got up in front of whole world & said I’m having tons of sex- pay 4 it!”
Heaton later apologized, making it a point to separate the individual from the issue and couching her mea culpa with words that reflect her faith.
“We have diff opinions but I was too flippant in my attempt at humor…Tweatons: Finally heard all the commentary. I crossed the line w/@SandraFluke. Don’t agree w/her views, but I was not showing Christ’s love,” Heaton tweeted.
She also sent a message of clarification to Fluke, saying, “Wasn’t being respectful 2 u [with] my tweets as I hope people [would] b w/me. Don’t like you being dissed -so sorry…I am not backing down on my position: but there is a better way to fight the fight.”
Heaton summed things up for her followers, writing, “I apologized to Ms. Fluke last week. I may not agree with her views but I didn’t treat her with respect and I’m sorry. I was wrong. Mea Culpa.”
Heaton is best known her role on the CBS mega-hit “Everybody Loves Raymond” and currently stars in the ABC sitcom “The Middle.”
She has been a spokesperson and honorary chairwoman for the group Feminists for Life and has been consistent in her public stance on abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and the death penalty.
Heaton tweeted this message to her followers, expressing a sentiment with which other conservative leaning members of the Hollywood community may resonate: “Not worried about my career — G-d gave it to me, He can take it away.”
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