Chris Smith Supporter Endorses 'Aspirin Between Your Knees' After Reproductive Rights Query

Congressman's spokesman denounces comment, shown in video being distributed on the Web

A supporter of U.S. Rep. Christopher H. Smith staffing a Republican political table at a public festival told a woman asking about the 16-term congressman’s stance on reproductive rights to keep "an aspirin between your knees,’’ according to a video taken at the event.

The incident happened in Hamilton on Sept. 9. during the town’s SeptemberFest celebration, according to activist and Rutgers student Eva Grote.

Grote, 20, is seen in the video approaching a table that has a Chris Smith, R-NJ, re-election sign and a GOP elephant icon, where she has a brief interaction with at least two men who are unidentified.

Grote, who is distributing the video on YouTube and other online venues, in the video asks when Smith was to appear at the event because she wanted to ask the congressman about his stance on reproductive rights.

“Have you ever heard about keeping an aspirin between your knees?’’ one of the men says. “Works every time it's tried.’’

Grote said she was stunned.

“I couldn’t believe it,’’ she said. “I was thinking ‘doesn’t this guy know we’re filming this?' "

Grote said she approached the table believing it was Smith’s campaign base at the festival. She said she and about five members of her improvisational pro-woman group, FlashFem, waited for more than two hours for the congressman to arrive.

Jeff Sagnip, spokesman for Smith, said the men in the video were not involved with the congressman nor his re-election campaign, and he vehemently denounced the comment.

“Whoever it is was not and is not authorized to speak on behalf of Chris Smith,” Sagnip said. “The comments referencing aspirin are absolutely absurd.”

Grote said she did not hold Smith personally responsible for the comments of every one of his supporters.

"I think the legislation that Chris Smith supports helps legitimize the sentiments of that guy behind the table,'' Grote said. "I don't think Chris Smith goes around telling women to keep an aspirin between their legs, but the legislation he supports lends legitimacy for those kinds of statements.''

Grote cited Smith’s support of H.R.3, a House of Representatives bill that sought to prohibit federal funding for abortions except in the case of  "forcible rape,’’ or incest.

Smith sponsored the bill.

Critics have said the bill, which passed the House but never came up for a vote in the Senate, was a deliberate attempt to change the definition of rape by adding the qualifier "forcible.”

That phrase was ultimately stricken from the final version of the bill.

Smith represents New Jersey's 4th Congressional district, which includes Wall as well as numerous other Monmouth County towns, portions of Ocean and Mercer counties. He is opposed in the upcoming election by Democrat Brian Froelich.

marylou September 26, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Well.Mr.Smith disagree with you.He's against abortion,even in the case of statutory rape,no matter who pays for them.IMO,men should keep their pants zipped.Using effective birth control is taking personal responsibility.
Beth Ann September 26, 2012 at 05:05 PM
This is a really inappropriate response from someone handling Chris Smith's table. I would be extremely upset and tweet about this incident too. It is really disturbing.
bayway mike September 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM
WOW!! Haven't heard a peep from Chris in 20something years and now he finally opens his mouth..Maybe if he put an aspirin in it, we won't hear from him in another 20something years..Amazing!!
NBew Jersey Art September 26, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Marylou - my post was not about anyone's opinion on abortion. It was about whether women need to take responsibility for unprotected voluntary sex and who should be responsible for the consequences. I agree with you that men should keep their zippers closed but since the definition of voluntary means consent between the two parties, women, being the ones who get pregnant, can avoid the consequences by refusing consent. If they don't do so, the government, i.e., taxparers, should not be responsible for the cost of the abortion.
Jay Podell September 26, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Who said anything about PAYING for anything? If Chris Smith had his way, women wouldn't be able to purchase birth control or contraceptives whatsoever. Cost is not the issue here. Smith wants to ban birth control altogether, not just make women pay for it themselves. Do realize how many MORE unwanted pregnancies there would be in this country if that were to happen?? Not to mention birth control is used to treat other women's health issues... but Smith doesn't seem to care. Earth to OldCoolBlues and Chris Smith supporters: this isn't 1960.
marylou September 26, 2012 at 06:02 PM
NB.It's a fact that Mr.Smith wants to outlaw abortions,not just cut off federal funding for them.so,if a 13 year old has sex with an adult,even if she is developementally disabled,and she becomes preegnant,the bill the Mr.Smith sponsers,would make it illegal for her to have an abortion.It also would outlaw some forms of birth control and the morning after pill,which would prevent pregnancy,and the ned for abortion.
Brian Froelich September 27, 2012 at 01:40 AM
To OldCoolBlues, Actually there are very few things more compelling important than Ms Grote’s “reproductive rights” precisely because they are a gift from God. And that is why you have no right to take those rights away, to interfere with them, or to make crude remarks about them. And that is why what Ms Grote does with her body and those rights are between herself, her Doctor and her God.
Cardinal September 27, 2012 at 01:46 AM
In November, Tea Partiers will film you when you vote, if you don't like this complain NOW to your Republican Representatives and maybe that might be able to call off the "hounds", The Tea Partiers, but probably not as this is an extremist group financed by secretive billionaires who hate government and these pawns to do their work.
i don't get it?? September 27, 2012 at 01:56 AM
They are allowed to video you at the polls??? Voting is a "private" thing, hence the curtains and stuff...what the Hell??!!!??
Cardinal September 27, 2012 at 02:03 AM
The Tea Partiers an Extremist Republican group secretly financed by Billionaires, call their November efforts (filming at voting polls), TRUE THE VOTE. You can Possibly though put a stop to these anticipated efforts by CONTACTING YOUR REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVES now and tell them to call off the Republican Extremists Hounds.
Cathi September 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM
gjc - Since the woman asking the question wouldn't necessarily have in "it" in HER pants, I thought it best to leave that out...
jerry moore September 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Brian Froelich wrote...'Actually there are very few things more compelling important than Ms Grote’s “reproductive rights” precisely because they are a gift from God. And that is why you have no right to take those rights away, to interfere with them,' So this only begs the point....How come so many femenists think the taxpayers should be financing their abortions, & birth control medicines for their 'God given reproductive rights' If you're going to bring God into this, don't the Bible say you should be married before sex? I think they should clarify all of this with God & leave the taxpayers money out of it!
Opinionated September 27, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Hey Tonto, were you one of those "supporters" at that table? The more I see these "preachers", the more I don't believe this story. To Keith Brown, I hope you write a follow-up article if you find out our suspicions are true.
Jersey September 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I was nearby that group. Not shown on the tape are those silly kids shouting, screaming and generally disturbing the festival as they walked through the park. They had to be warned by the authorities to behave themselves. Why aren't their obscene signs shown on the video?
bg robbins September 27, 2012 at 02:46 PM
People have been having sex ever since humanity began ....I don't know how long .....a few hundred thousand yrs or a million yrs?.....Anyone who tells people it's immoral or they don't have a right to enjoy themselves or choose their partner or choose when to have children because of their Religion which began in the Middle east a few thousand years ago by tribes that believe they speak for God is a fool.
marylou September 27, 2012 at 02:54 PM
jerry,I think that a woman health insurance company should pay for those thing,just as they pay for prenatal care and the birth of her children.
marylou September 27, 2012 at 03:14 PM
bg,haven't you heard? Sex is for procreation only.Enjoying it is immoral.
Irina September 27, 2012 at 03:14 PM
A wasted vote...Congrats
David Daur September 27, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I think Grote and every other woman should have the right to determine her own reproductive rights. That's why I keep the plan "B" pill in a pez dispenser in the nightstand next to my bed. I encourage all the women who come over to chew them up like candy!
jerry moore September 27, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Marylou, If the woman, or her employer are paying for health insurance, by all means she should be entitled to all coverages, whether reproductive or otherwise, that is covered in her plan. However.... Many women & Men seem to think my tax dollars should support their careless lifestyle, their poorly thought out choices...I do not agree.
Irina September 27, 2012 at 05:26 PM
@Tonto....Film me? Goodness do you have a vivid imagination. Must be some sort of an LSD flashback from the 70's.
Opinionated September 27, 2012 at 08:22 PM
To Keith Brown: What kind of verification did you get on this story before you wrote it? There seems to be a lack of any real verification as to its accuracy. I mean really, Congressman Smith has denied that these are really his supporters or work for him (as is written in your article) yet you say no one has responded to you. Who issued the denial then and to whom? Meanwhile, you have gotten zero response from Flashfem. Why did you write your first paragraph like it was fact when a denial has been issued? Please explain. Thank you in advance for your response.
Leslie September 27, 2012 at 09:24 PM
prettyinpoint September 28, 2012 at 01:39 AM
So, you believe the only way to become pregnant with an unwanted pregnancy is to have unprotected sex? Never heard of a condom breaking or birth control pills failing because of antibiotic use? There are numerous scenarios that can occur to cause an unwanted pregnancy, not just unprotected sex. Educate yourself before posting. Also, again, no one mentioned having taxpayers or anyone else pay for abortions. You take care of your body and make your decisions and let everyone else decide what is best for them. What is next? Telling people they can only take cholesterol medication if they completely stop eating foods full of fat or if they run 3 miles every day because you think that is what is appropriate?
Opinionated September 28, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Ben, only if we go to a Republican rally and tell people like Ms.Grote and Tonto how to hold their aspirin on tape. They will provide us with "Tea Party" shirts too.
Berkeley Lifer September 28, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Like Acorn? Or George Soros?
jerry moore September 28, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Prettyinpoint wrote...' Also, again, no one mentioned having taxpayers or anyone else pay for abortions.' Reread the original article by Mr. Brown, it absolutely mentions a bill allegedly being pushed by Representative Christopher Smith, to prohibit Federal funding of abortions. Read before you comment.
Leslie September 28, 2012 at 02:24 AM
"Never heard of a condom breaking or birth control pills failing because of antibiotic use?" Wow talk about uneducated individuals....
Localreader September 28, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I've been following this group and doing my own research. I am still suspicious about their intentions and call BS on this group and their video. Their actions do nothing for the issues at hand.
John September 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I am suspicious about everyone's intentions, this group, Chris Smith, basically all politicians, school officials, board of education members...Can you blame anyone.


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