Idaho. It’s a fantastic state, the land of potatoes and…um, well there’s, no that’s, that’s not…but there’s, uh.
Well, that’s unimportant. You see, a bit of hilarity has come creeping from the land of spuds, an odd little factoid about the state legislature. Republican State Representative Vito Barbieri supports a bill that would prevent doctors from prescribing abortion medication through telemedicine. Ostensibly, this is to protect women who may have negative side-effects from the medications, though lawmakers are in no way shy about admitting that this is just another step in making abortions harder to come by in Idaho.
In 2013, the then-Representative Ron Mendive asked if the American Civil Liberties Union if their pro-abortion stance also meant they supported prostitution. That snippet was to show you what living in a state where, apparently, no one gives any fucks whatsoever about the concept of correlation.
While hearing testimony from a doctor who opposed the bill, and who had just made an anecdotal statement about how colonoscopies may utilize cameras to better give doctors an idea of what’s going on, Rep. Vito Barbieri asked the question–and I shall directly quote here–“Can this same procedure then be done in a pregnancy? Swallowing a camera and helping the doctor determine what the situation is?”
The doctor, presumably trying to hide her astonishment at the rampant idiocy of this man, replied that swallowed objects do not find their way into the vagina.
“Fascinating. That makes sense.”
Rep. Barbieri later tried to pass off this comment as rhetorical, but I don’t believe this spud-muncher for a second. Not only is the comment asinine in context (the context supposedly being that he wanted to show the lack of correlation between a colonoscopy and an abortion) but it fits with the complete lack of knowledge of female anatomy Republicans so eagerly trot out. I’m not saying this is on the level of Todd Akin’s belief that vaginas have shields against dishonest sperm (which may just be the nicest way of summarizing his legitimate rape claims) but it completely fits the prevailing theme with Republicans that, when it comes to how the female body operates, they have no fucking clue what they’re talking about.