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ABC’s The Middle actress Patricia Heaton was quick to share her conservative beliefs amid the hotly contested birth control debate in Washington, slamming Georgetown student Sandra Fluke with a slew of sarcastic jokes.
Heaton eventually apologized for her misogynistic comments, including one which read, “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!” The actress also temporarily deleted her Twitter account, before returning for more “Humble Pie,” as she said.
“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 wrote on Monday, March 5. The apology came after a barrage of critical tweets at her expense, including former fans that have promised to stop watching her show, to others slamming her Christian beliefs.
Fluke made headlines last week following her testimony to Democratic members of the House of Representatives, in which she stated her beliefs on why free birth control is essential. Her statement prompted conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh to also fire off a series of insults at Fluke’s expense, referring to the 30-year-old as a “slut” and a “prostitute.”
A representative for ABC’s The Middle declined to comment on Heaton’s statements. A personal representative for the actress did not immediately return The Hollywood Reporter’s request for comment.
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