It's not every day you come across a true American hero. Well today I did and her name is Janet Howell. Senator Janet Howell of Virginia to be exact.
You see in Virginia the states legislature is trying to pass a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life one has to admit this a huge over-reach by Virginia's elected government into the reproductive rights of women at a cost to the tax payers. All this just so a group of self righteous government employees can shame a few women.
Cue the hero! Janet Howell thinking this ultrasound business unfair to women decided it was time for action. So what did she do you ask? in direct response she proposed an amendment that would require men to to undergo a digital rectal exam and cardiac stress test before being treated for erectile dysfunction.
In other words a man who wants his Viagra would fist have to be probed where the sun don't shine and then forced to go for a jog... Brilliant!
Whether or not this amendment passed or not is a moot point. It is the fact that Senator Janet Howell, with laser precision, has pointed out the hypocritical over-reach by the right wing hyper religious wing nuts in our government into women's lives... and for that she is my hero.