State Senator Janet Howell from Fairfax, Virginia (recent recipient of my first ever KICKASS Award) did something very simple to put the hypocrisy of many anti-choice bills front and center.
When the legislature was to vote on a mandatory ultrasound bill - Senator Howell added an amendment that required men to under go a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before being prescribed medication for erectile dysfunction. The purpose was pretty clear - to show that many anti-choice legislators have no problem making a woman jump through hoops before using her Constitutionally protected right to reproductive health care, but shudder at the idea of making a man drop his trousers before getting a boner pill. (Big surprise her amendment failed - my guess would be about 90% of those that voted against her amendment use Viagra).
But lets look at this for a minute, if knowledge and understanding is really what the antis are trying to accomplish by these types of bills - then wouldn't they support a man knowing that he could have a massive coronary while on a less-than-4-hour-if-more-than-4-hours-go-to-the-ER boinkfest with his secretary? Once again it is obvious that these bills have NOTHING to do with healthcare, this is about coercion, humiliation and hoop jumping - nothing more.
Here's a clue for all you Anti-Choice legislators:
WOMEN KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE PREGNANT.
If they have made the decision to terminate - they know EXACTLY what that means. It is insulting, degrading and down right sexist to imply otherwise.
So thank you Senator Howell - please run for higher office.