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‘Foster Friess’ Trending on Twitter After Strange Contraception Comment

A big financial backer for Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign, Foster Friess, went on MSNBC today, started talking about sex, and then said “gals” in his time would put Bayer aspirin between their knees as a means of birth control. Seriously, I can’t.

And neither could Andrea Mitchell, who didn’t manage the next question she was reeling so from that blast of cuckoo.

Business Insider notes that, after some Googling, they couldn’t find any past connection between Bayer aspirin and birth control, though the company does make birth control pills.

The comment was followed by jokes on Twitter and the addition of Foster Friess to the list of trending topics on the social network this afternoon.

As Reuters notes, “Friess’ comments aren’t likely to help Santorum overcome the frequent impression that he holds antiquated views about a great many things.” It’s an impression that Santorum’s own words have fueled.

The issue of contraception exploded last week with President Obama’s support of a coverage mandate. He has since changed the mandate to appease religious opposition, particularly in the Catholic church, but criticism of the rule continues. There was a House panel today to discuss whether making birth control coverage mandatory was in violation of religious freedom. However, a number of female Congress members walked out after no women were included as witnesses.

“I look at this panel [of witnesses], and I don’t see one single individual representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and need insurance coverage for basic preventive health care services, including family planning,” Politico quotes New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney saying before she left the hearing.

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