Patricia Heaton Insults Sandra Fluke on Twitter, Apologizes

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Patricia Heaton had a lot to say about the raging birth control debate in Washington last week, until she had nothing to say at all.

One of Hollywood's outspoken Republicans, the star of ABC's The Middle sent a series of blistering messages aimed at Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student who was denied the right to testify before Congress and then became the target of Rush Limbaugh's flurry of mysognistic name-calling.

Heaton mocked Fluke with sarcastic remarks such as "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!" and "Hey G-Town: stop buying toothpaste, soap, and shampoo! You'll save money, and no one will want to sleep with you!"

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She also retweeted messages from fans, including one that referenced the between-the-knees contraception joke made by one of GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's top surrogates.

Heaton later apologized for her tweets, writing, "Just caught up on all the debater re Ms. Fluke's testimony. Mea culpa! We have diff opinions but I was too flippant in my attempt at humor," then adding, "Tweatons: Finally heard all the commentary. I crossed the line w/@. Don't agree w/her views, but I was not showing Christ's love." She tweeted to Fluke, saying, "@ I am not backing down on my position: but there is a better way to fight the fight."

The actress then deleted her account, which has since been brought back. Many of her tweets were captured in a screenshot at the "Angry Black Lady" Tumblr blog, which can be viewed here.

Heaton is a high-profile conservative who has made the pro-life movement one of her top causes. She penned a tribute to the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart following his death last week.

Limbaugh has come under fire for his remarks about Fluke, with a meek apology on Saturday doing little to stop the exodus of sponsors from his show.

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