Santorum takes on contraception

Didn’t get to this one Thursday, but the debate over contraception took a new turn when Foster Freiss, Republican candidate Rick Santorum’s main financial backer, said last week that women used to put aspirin between their knees to avoid pregnancy.

I’m 43 years old, but honestly, I’m not even sure what that means.

But I do recognize a gulf in beliefs when I see it and the chasm on contraception might as well be the Gulf of Mexico. Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania, is a Catholic and, as such, is opposed to contraception. He once called it “harmful to women.”

Seems to be an odd position to take in 2012. Even Catholic women don’t seem to share that point of view on contraception. Depending on your study parameters, between 90 and 98 percent of Catholic women have used contraception.

It remains to be seen what impact this will have on Santorum’s campaign. He is basing his campaign heavily on religious belief systems and that is not normally a recipe for success.

Speaking of Santorum, my colleague Tom Joyce reports that both Republican and Democratic area leaders are happy with his ascendancy.

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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One Response to Santorum takes on contraception

  1. Jo Ott says:

    He’s a screwball so out of touch with most Americans. Pennsylvanians got rid of him several years ago and here he is again. If he’s so against contraception as a Catholic how come he doesn’t have a couple dozen kids? Is there no sex in the marriage? A sociologist professor told our class there can’t be a marriage with no sex. To see the way those statues stand on the podium beside him all the time one has to wonder.

    BTW–the aspirin between the legs–if a woman is holding the aspirin there she cannot be involved in sex. As if that’s the only way to have sex. Shows you how old and out of date that codger is!

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