A Virginia state senator is showing her disgust for a bill requiring pregnant women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion by proposing a bit of "gender equity" -- mandatory rectal exams for men before they can get Viagra.
The Washington Post reports that before a preliminary vote on the ultrasound bill on Monday, Democratic State Sen. Janet Howell stood up and proposed an amendment.
“Prior to prescribing medication for erectile dysfunction, a physician shall perform a digital rectal examination and a cardiac stress test. Informed consent for these procedures shall be given at least 24 hours before the procedures are performed."
The amendment predictably failed, but by the surprisingly close margin of 21-19.
Howell said she didn't expect her measure to pass.
"This is more of a message type of an amendment, so I was pleased to get 19 votes," she said.
The ultrasound bill is expected to pass the full Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday.