Idaho Lawmaker Asks If Swallowing Camera Would Work For Gynecological Exam

| by Michael Allen
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Idaho state Rep. Vito Barbieri (R) recently asked a doctor during a public hearing if a remote gynecological exam could be done if a woman swallowed a tiny camera.

Barbieri's bizarre question came yesterday during a state House hearing on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing an abortion-inducing pill via telemedicine (video conference call), reports the Star Tribune.

Dr. Julie Madsen, who testified against the bill, mentioned how some patients can swallow a tiny camera for a colonoscopy.

"Can this same procedure then be done in a pregnancy, swallowing a camera and helping the doctor determine what the situation is?" Barbieri asked.

“When you swallow a pill, it would not end up in the vagina,” Madsen replied, noted The Spokesman-Review.

"Fascinating. That makes sense," Barbieri said, which brought laughter from observers.

Barbieri later claimed his question was rhetorical.

The House committee voted 13-4 to give the bill a full vote in the House.

Barbieri reportedly sits on the board of a crisis pregnancy center. These facilities try to talk women out of having abortions and have been known to give false medical information, noted The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.

Sources: Star Tribune, The Spokesman-Review, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post / Image Credit: Gwtnorth