Monday, February 23, 2015

A Lesson in Female Anatomy

Yet another reason why lawmakers need to keep their politics out of the exam room.

Some lawmakers in Idaho are trying to pass a bill to prevent doctors from prescribing medical abortions (the abortion pill) via telemedicine.  Medically speaking, a medical abortion, if done early, is safe and effective.  This is also an important option, as there are only four abortion providers in the whole state of Idaho.  95% of the counties in Idaho have no abortion provider.  Of course, certain lawmakers can't but help to stick their nose into women's reproductive rights.

Well, get this:

An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam. The question Monday from Republican state Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine. Dr. Julie Madsen was testifying in opposition to the bill when Barbieri asked the question. Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.

Yes.  you read that right.  This male lawmaker actually thought that if a woman swallowed a "small camera" a doctor could conduct a remote gynecologic exam.  Look, I understand that not everyone is a doctor.  I understand that not everyone is going to have knowledge of anatomy, although, really, this is pretty basic stuff we're talking about here.  But is it too much to ask that people who are stupid enough to think that the vagina is connected somehow to the GI tract try to refrain from passing laws affecting said vaginas?

I've got news for you, Rep. Barbieri.  You also can't get pregnant from oral sex.  Surprise!

Anyway, I'm just appalled by this and really have nothing else to say.  So, Captain Picard and Commander Riker, you have the bridge.


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