Foster Friess, the Bishops, and the Pill Between the Knees

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Feb. 16 2012 2:08 PM

Foster Friess, the Bishops, and the Pill Between the Knees

Foster Friess is single-handedly forcing a rethink of my advice that billionaires should speak up for the candidates they're funding.

We maybe need a massive therapy session so we can concentrate on what the real issues are. And this contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s such inexpensive. Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.
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I think of this the way I think of the photo female Democrats have been sending around today, of an all-male panel testifying before the House Government Affairs and Oversight Committee about the injustice of the contraception mandate. When you start debating this issue, you can discuss the threat to conscience, the threat to religion, the First Amendment -- you can present the White House as out of touch and disrespectful. But the longer you discuss the substance, you can't avoid the fact that most people back contraception mandates (if they're structured right), and most people don't want to go down the slope of assigning legal "personhood" at the moment of conception. Debate it a little bit further, and as long as you evade the natural law/first principles trap, you end up with anti-mandate reasoning like... well, like Friess's.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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