Patricia Heaton of "The Middle" has apologized after taking Rush Limbaugh's side against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, who testified before Congress on why contraception should be covered by insurance companies.
On February 29, the 54-year-old actress wrote, "Hey G-Town Gal: Plz let us also pay for your Starbucks, movie theater tickets and your favorite hot wings combo deal at KFC! Anything else?"
"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," Heaton continued. "If every Tweaton sent Georgetown Gal one condom, her parents wouldn't have to cancel basic cable, & she would never reproduce -- sound good?"
The actress, who is also known for her role as Ray Romano's wife on "Everybody Loves Raymond," later removed the offending Tweets and temporarily disabled her Twitter account.
After Fluke, a reproductive rights advocate testified before Democratic members of Congress, Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and "prostitute" and suggested that if the government pays for her birth control, that everyone should be allowed to watch. He has subsequently faced criticism and lost a string of advertisers, including AOL.
"I think any woman who has ever been called these types of names is (shocked) at first," Fluke said on "The View" on March 5. "But then I tried to see this for what it is, and I believe that what it is, is an attempt to silence me, to silence the millions of women and the men who support them who have been speaking out about this issue and conveying that contraception is an important health care need that they need to have met in an affordable, accessible way."
Heaton eventually apologized to Fluke, after receiving the wrath of her Twitter followers. She wrote on March 5, "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."
The actress also Tweeted an apology to Fluke writing, "Mea culpa Sandra! Wasn't being respectful 2 u re my tweets as I hope people wd b w/me. Don't like you being dissed - so sorry."
Limbaugh also offered an apology to Fluke on Saturday, saying in a statement, "My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir... I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices."
Heaton was raised a devout Roman Catholic and supports several pro-life groups and causes. She is married to actor David Hunt, they have three children together, Samuel, 19, John, 16, Charles, 14, and Daniel, 12.