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Stand Up and Cheer!

Posted on the 01 February 2012 by Mikeb302000
Unless you're a man, in which case you might be assuming a slightly different position, and might be making a somewhat different noise.... and there might be some 'santorum' -ish by-product involved, in the popular google search meaning of the word.
I'm going to stand up and cheer for Janet Howell.  I applaud her feminist approach and her pragmatic understanding of politics.  Well done state Senator Howell!  Well done!  I laughed out loud, I applauded you through my computer across the internet.
Well done, madam!  Good for you.  We need conservatives trying to impose their religious beliefs through government OUT of our bodies, out of health care decisions.  We need smaller government, by having fewer intrusive conservative laws and law makers.  It is time and past time to end the culture war on women being waged by the right.  This pushback is brilliant.
From the Huff Po NewsJanet Howell, Virginia State Senator, Attaches Rectal Exam Amendment To Anti-Abortion Bill
Mandatory Ultrasound To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.
"We need some gender equity here," she told HuffPost. "The Virginia senate is about to pass a bill that will require a woman to have totally unnecessary medical procedure at their cost and inconvenience. If we're going to do that to women, why not do that to men?"
The Republican-controlled senate narrowly rejected the amendment Monday by a vote of 21 to 19, but passed the mandatory ultrasound bill in a voice vote. A similar bill in Texas, which physicians say has caused a "bureaucratic nightmare," is currently being challenged in court.
Howell said she is not surprised her amendment failed.
"This is more of a message type of an amendment, so I was pleased to get 19 votes," she said.
She pointed out that there are only seven women in the Virginia senate, and six of them voted in favor of her amendment, along with 13 male senators. Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Fauquier County), the sponsor of the mandatory ultrasound bill, voted against it.
“I do believe that erectile dysfunction in this context is different from pregnancy,” she said on the senate floor.
The Senate will formally vote on the mandatory ultrasound bill on Tuesday.

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