VA Lawmaker Stands For Equality In Utrasound Bill: Men Must Get Exam Too...for ED Meds

There's no other word for this than awesome. Also? Brilliant.

Virginia State Senator Janet Howell was not content to allow Virginia's state legislature to keep passing anti-abortion bills for a little equality, so she added an amendment to their latest one in a "good for the goose, good for the gander" move.

Via Huffington Post:

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?"

Of course, her amendment failed to garner the necessary votes, but still, it's about time someone made a statement like that about these stupid, godawful bills. Women's health is not a political tennis ball, and men have had a pass for far too long on drugs that put their health at risk in order for them to, well...perform.

Unfortunately, the rest of the bill did pass, and if signed into law, women will be forced to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion will be performed. They will be given the "opportunity" to view the ultrasound images, and such images must remain in their medical files. If the woman lives more than 100 miles away, she can have the ultrasound on the same day as the abortion, but is required to wait two hours after the ultrasound has been performed.

Perhaps they'd like to tattoo a scarlet A on her forehead too?


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