Janet Howell, Virginia State Senator, Attaches Rectal Exam Amendment forTo Anti-Abortion Bill

I think religious institutions shouldn’t be permitted to cover the treatment of erectile problems if they aren’t willing to cover women’s contraception matter.

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/working-poor-liquid-asset-poverty_n_1243152.html


01/30/2012

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?”

The Republican-controlled senate narrowly rejected the amendment Monday by a vote of 21 to 19, but passed the mandatory ultrasound bill in a voice vote. A similar bill in Texas, which physicians say has caused a “bureaucratic nightmare,” is currently being challenged in court.

Howell said she is not surprised her amendment failed.

Complete article at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/working-poor-liquid-asset-poverty_n_1243152.html

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