Jim DeMint, the former senator from South Carolina who quit that job so he could make a shitload more by turning the once respectable Heritage Foundation into a think tank for batshittery, opined on Meet the Press that intrusive and unnecessary medical procedures like a trans-vaginal ultrasound is not only a good medical practice, but that smart women really do want to know what’s going on inside their bodies when they’re pregnant. It’s all there in God’s Little Book of Mansplaining:
“The more the ultrasounds have become part of the law, where a woman gets the opportunity to see that there’s a real child, it’s beginning to change minds, and I think that’s a good thing,” DeMint said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “It’s time that the 3,000 babies we lose every day have some people speaking up for them.”
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow pointed out that women weren’t given the opportunity to have an ultrasound, they were forced to have a medically unnecessary ultrasound by the state. She added that in many cases women were subjected to trans-vaginal ultrasounds.
“So it’s an invasive vaginal forced procedure that a woman cannot say no to by order of the state government,” Maddow continued. “And that is all right with you. I understand that. You feel that you’ve got an interest strong enough to override a woman’s desire to not have that happen to her that you can insist that it does as a legislator. But most American women I think are going to balk at that.”
DeMint, however, insisted that some women wanted the state to force them to have an ultrasound.
“She’s forgetting about the thousands of women who want an informed choice, who want the opportunity to get a free ultrasound, which they can get not from Planned Parenthood but from a lot of these pregnancy centers.”
Well, if Mr. DeMint is going to be so concerned about the woman’s health, why not be fair and make sure the man is healthy enough for sexual activity? Wouldn’t it be a good idea that if every man who believes that by spreading his seed to a woman he’s doing God’s work that he be in the best physical condition? Therefore, why shouldn’t he have a prostate exam every time he decides he’s going to be fruitful and multiply? After all, it’s not sex for pleasure but to make babies. So why shouldn’t he go to the doctor and get an exam right up the old pipe? And to make sure that the procedure is clean and safe, the doctor should dust the glove with Comet cleanser. That will really get the job done.