For Republicans, showing they know anything other than how to take campaign contributions from corporate donors and special interest groups can be a daunting task. There have been some fairly stupid statements made by GOP men in particular when it comes to the female anatomy.
One of the best was of course when Todd Akin decided to share his expertise about rape and pregnancy with the gem, “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Most people were sure a dumber sentence would never be uttered.
Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri (R) may have just surpassed Akin as the Deacon of Dumb. During a debate over a proposed abortion bill, Barbieri asked a doctor who was testifying if women could swallow a tiny camera and receive a remote gynecological exam.
Dr. Julie Madsen had to inform him that things that are swallowed don’t end up in the vagina.
There is a good possibility that Barbieri was confused because the crap he swallows from the likes of the Koch Brothers and whoever else is padding his “campaign fund” often gets blown straight out his ass and all over his constituents.
The bill in question is in regards to telemedicine, a successful service used to deliver healthcare remotely to vulnerable populations such as rural families and veterans. While the GOP is an advocate of telemedicine, their stance changes, of course, where abortion is concerned.
Barbieri said on the subject:
I just want to point out that I think from my perspective, telemedicine has great advantages. It’s important to recognize cost savings, ease of use, accessibility. However, there are certain examinations and procedures which require personal hands-on exams, and I think this is one of them.
Of course he does. He wants women to be legally obligated to make long journeys they can’t afford, be subjected to archaic examinations by pro-life abortion-shamers, and made to feel as uncomfortable as possible.
Research indicates that women receiving the abortion pill remotely and those seeing a doctor in person have virtually identical experiences, meaning there’s absolutely no reason to deny telemedicine abortion services.
At some point the Republican party is going to have to realize that women have the right to choose what’s best for them.