Virginia state Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax), having taken quite enough thank you, yesterday attached an amendment to a previous bill (requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion); Howell’s amendment would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for
boner erectile dysfunction medication.
“We need some gender equity here. 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?”
Six of the seven women in the Virginia senate voted in favor of her amendment, along with 13 male senators. Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Fauquier County), the sponsor of the mandatory ultrasound bill, voted against it.
“I do believe that erectile dysfunction in this context is different from pregnancy,” she said on the senate floor.
The Republican-controlled senate narrowly rejected the amendment Monday by a vote of 21 to 19, but on a voice vote passed the mandatory ultrasound bill. 1 The Senate will formally vote on the mandatory ultrasound bill today.