I’ve long said that as bad as Congress is, if you really want to find a collection of halfwits and whackjobs, you have to look to the state legislatures. A member of the Idaho House of Representatives provided more evidence for that position in a recent hearing:
An Idaho lawmaker revealed his confusion about female anatomy during a legislative debate over a proposed abortion bill on Monday.
According to the Associated Press, Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri (R) asked a doctor testifying before the House State Affairs Committee whether a woman could have a remote gynecological exam by swallowing a tiny camera. Dr. Julie Madsen told him no, that’s not possible, because items that are swallowed do not end up in the vagina…
“I just want to point out that I think from my perspective, telemedicine has great advantages,” Barbieri said. “It’s important to recognize cost savings, ease of use, accessibility. However, there are certain examinations and procedures which require personal hands-on exams, and I think this is one of them.”
The GOP lawmaker, who sits on the board of a right wing “crisis pregnancy center” that works to dissuade women from choosing abortion, added that “this is a proper role of government to protect life.”