Idaho lawmaker (GOP, of course) asks if women could have a gyno exam by swallowing a tiny camera

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Earlier today, during a debate on legislating abortion, Idaho representative Vito Barbieri asked if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

Here’s the relevant excerpt from the Associated Press’ story:

The question Monday from Republican state Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.

Dr. Julie Madsen was testifying in opposition to the bill when Barbieri asked the question. Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.

“Fascinating. That makes sense,” Barbieri said, amid the crowd’s laughter.

These guys have such a terrible track record with women that they should be given standard-issue talking points and refer anything more complex tham “boys have wee-wees and girls have cha-chas” to designated spokespeople. It would save them a lot of embarrassment.

There’s more at Think Progress, and in the meantime, here’s a quick recap of the digestive system, in case you’re a bit rusty or Republican.

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