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.