His prescription for birth control? An aspirin. "Back in my days, they used aspirin for contraceptives." he said. "The gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly."
After an uproar, Friess apologized "to those who misunderstood my joke." Presidential candidate Rick Santorum called his comment a "stupid joke." Ha Ha. Here is Friess's apology:
"Last week my joke at the Conservative Political Action Conference generated laughter and media attention. Today on Andrea Mitchell’s show, my aspirin joke bombed as many didn’t recognize it as a joke but thought it was my prescription for today’s birth control practices. In fact, the only positive comments I got were from folks who remembered it from 50 years back. Birth control pills weren’t yet available, so everyone laughed at the silliness on how an aspirin could become a birth control pill.Stuff it, Friess. We're only a tad younger than you and we remember this joke and the only people who thought it funny were men like yourself who never left adolescence. The joke is a crude way of saying that to avoid pregnancy, women ought to avoid sex. Of course you didn't suggest the same prescription for men.
"After listening to the segment tonight, I can understand how I confused people with the way I worded the joke and their taking offense is very understandable. To all those who took my joke as modern day approach I deeply apologize and seek your forgiveness."
A few minutes after I copied and pasted Friess's apology, it was removed from his site. Possibly someone in the Santorum campaign realized Friess' apology was a bad as his original comment. Santorum himself opposes all birth control. He has seven children, but fortunately has made a million dollars a year since he was booted from the Senate by the citizens of Pennsylvania.
|Remember the Ladies|
Friess also told CNN last night that Catholic-affiliated institutions didn't need to provide birth control assistance because birth control was readily available. Which is another idiotic comment. For a price, so are foie gras and Cadillac Escalades. Clearly he was clueless that birth control pills can take a good bite out of the budget of a low income family, and are sometimes prescribed for reasons other than contraception. Meanwhile a Congressional Committee convened a group of male clerics to advise it on contraception. I doubt that they will mention the one sure-fire way to prevent pregnancy--although it has worked well for Catholic priests: Have sex with someone of your own gender.
|A Promiscuous Woman, aka Jane|
Perhaps these men need to read a January report from the Institute of Medicine, an independent group of doctors and researchers. The report notes that in 2008, about half of all pregnancies in the United States were unplanned, and 42 percent of the unintended pregnancies ended in abortion. When the use of birth control went up, rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion fell. Co-pays prevented some women from using contraception. Cost can vary from $15-$50 a month.
|Another loose woman, aka Lorraine|
When it's pointed out to these sanctimonious hypocrites that lack of easily available birth control may have something to do with high birth rates among poor women, they (and this includes Pres. Obama) will offer women a solution that not only suitably punishes women for their sins but meets the needs of their better off childless constituents--adoption. We don't need to spread the wealth; spreading the children will do. It's a given that presidential candidate Mitt Romney will insist upon it.
Those of us who have been down this road, women who didn't grip aspirin with our knees, but ended up pregnant and gave up our children need to let these guys know that they American women deserve more than a stupid joke, with or without an apology. How about a program to help women obtain and pay for contraceptives? And an effective program to help struggling families. --Jane and lorraine
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