Va. lawmaker proposes medical hurdle for men in debate on ultrasounds for abortion

A Virginia state senator is looking for some “gender equity” when it comes to reproductive health.

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?”

Of course, the amendment was rejected by the Republican-controlled Virginia State Senate, but did pass the ultrasound requirement bill on a voice vote.

The senator noted it was “only fair, that if we’re going to subject women to unnecessary procedures, and we’re going to subject doctors to having to do things that they don’t think is medically advisory.”

I just want to commend this politician for actually standing up and speaking out about the clear double standard and medical hypocrisy anti-abortion rights politicians continue to engage in. I hope to see other pro-choice politicians and activists alike begin publicly addressing this sexist attack on women’s rights.