Lawmaker Suggests Rectal Exam For Viagra Prescription

At least one Democratic lawmaker in Virginia has had enough with the relentless attacks on women’s health care.

State Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) proposed a “gender equity” amendment to a bill that would require women undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. The amendment would require men to under go cardiac testing and a rectal exam before getting a prescription for erectile dysfunction.

The amendment was rejected almost along party lines, with one lone Republican breaking ranks and not without Howell making her point. When asked about the move Howell said, ď[i]tís requiring them to have unnecessary medical procedures, itís adding to the cost and itís opening them up for emotional blackmail,Ē she said on the Senate floor today. ďAnd I was upset because itís disrespectful of doctors. Itís forcing them to perform procedures they donít think is necessary.Ē

The specific inspiration for the amendment came from a television ad for an erectile dysfunction drug that included a list of all the serious side effects that could happen to a man who took the medication. If women are going to be subject to a host of unnecessary medical procedures related to their reproductive health, so too should men.

Kudos for Howell for standing up to Republicans and for calling out the basic absurdity of these attacks on women’s rights.

 

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79 comments

Rex B.
Rex B.5 years ago

To match the Virginia law, and the laws which are revoking rights to examinations which cover a number of reproductive and urinary issues, the bill suggesting that men should have a rectal exam doesn't go far enough.

The law should require not only a sigmoidoscopy, but also erectile detector as part of the exam to determine if anal penetration might cause arousal, eliminating the need for the erectile disfunction drugs. The procedure should also be required for all OTHER issues involving the prostate, including urination problems addressed by drugs like Avodart and Flomax. Furthermore, the examination should be done by a male doctor while being assisted by an unattractive female nurse, just to make sure that the man is not aroused by the nurse instead of the penetration.

The exam should also include intense mammogram style exams of the testacles, to make sure that there aren't cancer or circulatory problems. Of course, this would involve pressing them between two pieces of metal.

This would better communicate to men the type of examination women are being ordered to endure in the Virginia proposal. It also give the Republican men who want to eliminate "reproductive" health care a sense of the types of medical procedures women must endure just to assure their own health.

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Veronica C.
Veronica C5 years ago

They're probably at the age for a colonoscopy anyway.

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Bruce H.
Bruce H5 years ago

Someone should sue these idiot lawyers for practicing medicine without a license.

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George Payerle
George Payerle5 years ago

Again, Go Jessica! And Sen. Janet Howell. And Sen. Nina Turner for her proposed legislation regarding informed consent regulations for men seeking erectile dysfunction medication. The Republicans have certainly brought on a refreshing update to the cry "Get 'em in the groin!" Jeez. The Republicans need to be sent back to kindergarten and start their hormonal education all over again. Playing doctor with little girls who have equal rights to play doctor with them.

As to Tom A.: Tom, there seem to be a lot of things you haven't learned yet either. It is not unheard of for a female doctor to anally massage a male patient's prostate in order to cause, not only an erection, but an orgasm, in order to collect a hygienically sterile sperm sample for lab analysis. Whether the doctor got off on this procedure I can't say, but it's unlikely since the patient was a fairly repellent paranoid schizophrenic heroin addict. Sen. Howell's proposed legislation was not intended to test penis functionality. It was intended to create a mandatory procedure as irrelevant, invasive and unpleasant as the intravaginal ultrasounds these perverted Republicans are demanding for women seeking an abortion. Duh.

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Samantha M.
Samantha M5 years ago

I think that would be totally fair.

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Chad A.
Chad A5 years ago

I think male lawmakers who desire to intrude on women's health matters need to have the tables turned on them.

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J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

Kudos to this legislator for finding a way to effectively make the needed point so that at least some others could hear it.

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

I laughed my butt off. calmed down. then laughed some more

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Mara C.
Past Member 5 years ago

I am ROTFL. Is this mad serious? Yes!

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KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

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