Finally, a Senator with balls. This week, Virginia Senator Janet Howell tried to bring some equality to the battle for a woman’s domain over her own body. The conservative representatives of the people of Virginia proposed a bill which would mandate an ultrasound for every woman seeking an abortion. Howell added an amendment to the bill–men seeking prescriptions for erectile dysfunction medicine would be required to get a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test!
As Howell and the rest of us might have expected, her amendment didn’t pass. Now a woman who chooses an abortion must be forced to pay for and receive an ultrasound before getting an abortion. Men have no restrictions on what they can do with their body–there are no laws that legislate men in the fashion that women are subjected to laws. Well, there may be a few laws prohibiting sex with livestock out there somewhere, but you get my point. It’s antiquated.
Oh well. She got major media coverage on Huffington Post and we got to revel even momentarily in the thought of men being subjected to a rectal exam in order to get their groove on! They get ED meds covered by most prescription plans and we still struggle for the basic rights to get birth control, breast exams and the right to determine control over our own bodies. In a day where the battle to provide for women’s health got a little tougher, thanks to politics and the Susan Komen Foundation, this story was a pleasant diversion. I can just see all those staunch men cringing and puckering as she proposed her amendment.
I’m not advocating abortion, I believe it’s a choice a woman and her partner should have the right to decide, in private. I’m pro-choice, but I’m also pro-life. Having never been in a position where I needed to contemplate abortion, I don’t believe it’s my place to pass judgment, much less force additional hurdles in an already emotionally charged time in a woman’s life.
Women are seeing their rights being eroded bit by bit by the conservative Christian movement in this country. It’s scary. I want politicians to leave my body alone and to keep their religious beliefs in church and the home where it belongs and out of the public forum.