Obama calls student in contraception debate

President Barack Obama and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew walk out of the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, March, 2, 2012. Obama is traveling to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to visit with wounded service members. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has called a Georgetown law student whose stand on contraception coverage prompted Rush Limbaugh to deride her as a "slut" on his radio talk show.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama called Sandra Fluke Friday and expressed disappointment that she was the subject of personal attacks.

Fluke testified before a House committee last week on the administration's policy requiring religion-affiliated institutions to give employees access to health insurance that covers birth control. She attracted attention because the week before, the Republican-controlled committee had rejected a request that Fluke testify.

Limbaugh said Fluke's insistence on wanting contraception made her a "slut" and a "prostitute."

Carney says Obama believes Limbaugh's comments were "unfortunate attacks." Carney calls the comments "reprehensible."