There are no stupid questions... except for this one.
I meant to do that. (via)
Yesterday, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee held a hearing regarding a bill that would prohibit health providers from prescribing abortion-inducing drugs via telemedicine. During the proceedings, a physician who uses telemedicine gave testimony explaining that some gastroenterology patients may swallow a camera to enable doctors to examine their colon. Republican state Rep. Vito Barbieri asked if the same process would enable doctors to examine a uterus.
"Can this same procedure then be done in a pregnancy?" Barbieri asked Dr. Julie Madsen, who has said she has administered telemedicine in the state of Idaho. "Swallowing a camera and helping the doctor determine what the situation is?"
Um... no. The best way to a woman's vagina is not the same as the best way to a man's heart. The stomach just doesn't go there.
While the others in attendance laughed, Dr. Madsen patiently explained that items swallowed would not find their way to the vagina.
"Fascinating. That makes sense," said Barbieri.
This is the guy Idaho has trusted with making important decisions.
Despite the ease I have believing this man has no idea how the female reproductive system works, he later claimed that his question was intended to make a point.
"I was being rhetorical, because I was trying to make the point that equalizing a colonoscopy to this particular procedure was apples and oranges," he said. "So I was asking a rhetorical question that was designed to make her say that they weren't the same thing, and she did so. It was the response I wanted."
Ok, you think you're cute, but now lots of people think you don't understand where babies come from.
The bill, HB154, predictably passed 13-4 in the historically conservative state. Lawmakers said the intent was to protect patients from having a bad reaction to abortion-inducing medication, but those opposed believe it has less to do with patient welfare, and is more an attempt to restrict abortions in rural areas without access to clinics.
According to his page on Spokesman.com, Barbieri's goal is to "remain true to the conservative ideology, and that is to somehow shrink government."
You know, keep government to a minimum, except, of course, when it comes to women's bodies.