The HuffPo headline says it all, really:
To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.
“We need some gender equity here,” she told HuffPost. “The Virginia senate is about to pass a bill that will require a woman to have totally unnecessary medical procedure at their cost and inconvenience. If we’re going to do that to women, why not do that to men?”
Why not indeed?
It was just last week that I pondered a similar notion with respect to mandatory waiting periods before abortions can be performed:
I wonder (not really) why state law doesn’t mandate a 24 hour waiting period, after required counseling, for having a tooth extracted? “Sir, we’ll see you back here tomorrow afternoon. But in the meantime, you had better think long and hard about whether you really, truly want that ingrown toenail removed.”
But no matter. Howell’s amendment did not pass. Via Jezebel:
Howell’s amendment was sadly defeated—though narrowly, 21 to 19—and the rectums of Virginia rejoiced.
But for now, let’s keep our fingers crossed that Senator Howell’s innovative approach to dealing with this nonsense will lead to a long string of similar “Shove It Up Your Ass” amendments in other states. After all, it is our Christian duty to make sure the men of this great land don’t accidentally die of a heart attack while having medically-assisted sex with their wives or whomever else their sacred vows of open marriage permit.
Janet Howell’s recent actions exemplify the Palace’s ideal liberal politician: taking a stand on the right side of an important issue, and unafraid to fight back — and fight dirty, if necessary. For this exemplary display of creativity and character in the face of institutionalized misogyny and a pusillanimous party establishment, Perry Street Palace is pleased to present Virginia State Senator Janet Howell with its highly coveted Major Award for Democrat of the Day. Congratulations, Senator!
I think the “slap” sound we all just heard was the collective wingnut sphincter slamming shut in terror at the prospect of fair play.