Aspirin abstinence

Aspirin abstinence

by digby

It was funny yesterday when Santorum sugar daddy Foster Friess said that gals could put aspirin between their knees as a form of birth control, but it's not really as odd and bizarre a sentiment as it seems. After all, this is the official position of the Catholic Bishops:

"I don't want to overstate or understate our level of concern," said McQuade, the Catholic bishops' spokesperson. "We consider [birth control] an elective drug. Married women can practice periodic abstinence. Other women can abstain altogether. Not having sex doesn't make you sick."

They do believe that women should just "keep their legs closed" if they don't want to get themselves pregnant. No word on their preferred method for doing tat although one assumes they have no objection to using aspirin for this purpose.

Update: Foster Friess apologized (oddly) for his comments. The Catholic bishops,however, are holding fast.

And Rick Santorum is morphing into Newtie:

SANTORUM: Hold on, Charlie. When you quote a bad joke from a supporter of mine that somehow I’m responsible for, that’s “gotcha.”

ROSE: No one’s saying your responsible, Senator. They’re asking how you would characterize it and what you said to him. Not that you were responsible. It’s to understand how you differ from what this person said.

SANTORUM: So now I’m gonna have to respond to when every supporter says something. Look, this is what you guys do. You don’t do this with President Obama. In fact, with President Obama, you went out and defended him from someone he sat in a church for 20 years and defended him with “Oh, he can’t possibly believe what he listened to for 20 years.” This is a double standard, it’s what you’re pulling off, and I’m gonna call you on it.