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A Lawmaker Asked If Women Could Get Gyno Exams By Swallowing A Camera

A doctor had to explain that when you swallow things they do not end up in the vagina.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:08 p.m. ET

Posted on February 24, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. ET

On Feb. 23 the House State Affairs Committee met in Boise, Idaho, to discuss a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing the abortion pill through Telemedicine.

The Associated Press reported that after Dr. Julie Madsen, a physician testifying in opposition to the bill, described the procedure of telemedicine colonoscopies, Idaho Representative Republican Vito Barbieri asked her, "Can this same procedure then be done in a pregnancy? Swallowing a camera and helping the doctor determine what the situation is?"

Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri
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Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri

In response, Madsen explained that no, this is not possible because when a woman swallowing something does not mean it ends up in her vagina.

Barbieri responded, "Fascinating. That makes sense."

A Telemedicine robot used to diagnose people and prescribe them medication over long distances.
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A Telemedicine robot used to diagnose people and prescribe them medication over long distances.

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He later stated that the question was rhetorical.

Barbieri, who supported the bill, is on the board of a crisis pregnancy center in northern Idaho, and is known for his strict stance against abortion.

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The bill was approved 13-4 and will now pass on to the House floor.

The House State Affairs Committee.
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The House State Affairs Committee.

In the next few months the committee, considered the most conservative in Idaho's Republican-majority statehouse, will continue to look at a a number of bills legislating abortion.

This month they defeated a bill that would ban discrimination against LGBT state residents.

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