By Elaine Magliaro
Here’s a story about an idiot politician from Idaho who is confused about female anatomy. Let me just say that Republican state representative Vito Barbieri sure ain’t an expert on “lady parts.” Barbieri made news on Monday when he posed a truly dumb question to a doctor who was testifying before the House State Affairs Committee.
Tara Culp-Pressler (ThinkProgress) reported that the Idaho legislature “is currently considering a bill that would ban telemedicine abortion — emerging technology that allows a doctor to remotely prescribe the abortion pill over a video chat.” Pressler added, “Telemedicine has the potential to expand access to reproductive health care among rural women who live far away from the nearest abortion clinic.”
Idaho, like many of the 16 states that have recently passed telemedicine abortion bans, does not currently have any clinics that offer the remote service. Telemedicine abortion was pioneered by Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa, but similar programs have been prevented from getting off the ground in other places because states have moved to proactively ban the practice.
According to the Associated Press, Barbieri asked Dr. Julie Madsen “whether a woman could have a remote gynecological exam by swallowing a tiny camera.” Dr Madsen told the lawmaker that it would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.
Kara Brown of Jezebel:
On one hand, I would be willing to bet that most men are wildly uninformed about female anatomy. Why should Vito here be any different? He doesn’t have a vagina so why does it matter that he knows anything about it? Oh yeah, because these exact idiot men get to make medical decisions on behalf of women.
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