I hate that I’m writing about this topic, but it’s a very good illustration of the process of which consent is manufactured.
Ms Fluke attends a law school that costs $63,750/year by one estimate. Three years there will therefore cost her $191,250 (assuming that tuition does not increase between years, which is almost certainly will). Upon graduation, if she does decently, she can expect to make $160,000 plus bonus.
How much does birth control cost? The pills are actually about $9/month or $108/year – approximately 0.17% of her annual education and living expenses. If she can’t afford that, she can always use condoms, which are about as difficult to find for free on the campus of Georgetown Law as reflectively left-liberal opinions (see here for the surprisingly long list of Georgetown Law faculty that have been appointed to the Obama administration).
In sum, "free" birth control may be the only thing in the world that the wealthy, well-connected and privileged student population of Georgetown Law doesn’t have immediate access to.
There is absolutely no scandal of any sort here – yet this "scandal" is the very process by which democratic government functions on many levels. If your reaction to this sort of thing is anything other than detached amusement, you’re doing it wrong.