February 16, 2012 3:36 PM

Foster Friess: In my day, women "used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives"

Lucy Madison
Campaign 2012


Foster Friess, a prominent backer of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, raised eyebrows Thursday when he offered up his own idea for a possible contraceptive method: "This contraceptive thing, my gosh, it's so... inexpensive. Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives."

Friess's implication is that if women hold aspirin between their legs, they won't open them.

"The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly," he told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

Mitchell was visibly taken aback by the suggestion.

"Excuse me, I'm just trying to catch my breath from that, Mr. Friess, frankly," she said, after a pause.

Friess was a major contributor to Santorum's campaign in the days before his victories in the early nominating states made him a serious contender for the nomination. According to Federal Election Commission filings, Friess gave the Red, White and Blue Fund, a pro-Santorum super PAC, $331,000 in 2011. It's not yet publicly known how much Friess has contributed to the super PAC in 2012 so far.

Santorum has said in the past that he is "not a believer in birth control" and believes it is "harmful" to both women and society. And in October, Santorum discussed the "dangers" of contraception with an evangelical blog.

"Many in the Christian faith have said, 'Well, that's okay. Contraception's okay," he said. "It's not okay because it's a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. They're supposed to be within marriage, they are supposed to be for purposes that are, yes, conjugal, but also [inaudible], but also procreative. That's the perfect way that a sexual union should happen."

In a Tweet following the interview, Mitchell continued to express her disbelief over Friess' comment.

"Im still trying to get my head around this," she wrote on Twitter. "Tweeps what should i have said?"

  • Lucy Madison

    Lucy Madison is a political reporter for CBSNews.com.

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by economicterror February 16, 2012 4:07 PM EST
Another right wing, fundamentalist, intolerant, evangelical, Christian Taliban, moron, sinks his candidate.

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by FormerFemaleDemocrat February 16, 2012 4:06 PM EST
And once again we are left to ask: Where are the Democratic men? The only comments they make are to exhort women to do something about this latest mysogny. Why don't they have our backs on this?
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by inketolstoy February 16, 2012 4:02 PM EST
What is so difficult about "getting your head around" the concept of abstinence as an effective form of birth control, Andrea?
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by AOCGUY February 16, 2012 4:05 PM EST
I had to watch the video and even now I can't believe he made that comment. I swear the inmates have taken over the insane asylum.
by frizzy140 February 16, 2012 4:09 PM EST
first of all abstinence as main stream is not going to happen. the sexual revolution has happened; deal with it. second, if you are going down that route then make it your prerogative to teach boys, as they are just as guilty if not more than the girls. Also, what about rape? that seems to be something strictly in the realm of men. So instead of saying 'abstinence is best' and encourage ignorance, know realistically that it will never happen and teach safe sexual practices to both genders; both are equally responsible in consensual sex.
by AOCGUY February 16, 2012 3:59 PM EST
And I actually thought the GOP race couldn't get any more stranger. So now we are to believe that sexual intercourse should be solely for the purpose of procreation within the confines of a government defined marriage.
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by Khan_Manka February 16, 2012 3:51 PM EST
The Republican implosion is just great! Wow! Mr. Friess, you have gone viral! Can Republicans find more ways to lose an election? It's fantastic. Other than the lame candidates and their SuperPAC backers, they can blame Conservative pundits like Sean Hannity for the inability to field a competitive candidate. As long as Sean is around, Republican may never win the Presidency again.

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by AOCGUY February 16, 2012 4:01 PM EST
It's almost to the point that the sane within the GOP need to leave and start their own party. It may be too late to save this one.
by frizzy140 February 16, 2012 4:12 PM EST
AOCGUY: i will join that party and it will have the fiscal positions of the republicans and the social positions of the democrats. wait, i believe that was the original republican party of barry goldwater, damn i miss him
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