An Idaho legislator named, amazingly, Vito Barbieri, got a pretty important medical lesson this week. Here it is: Swallowed pills, or swallowed anything really, do not end up in the vagina. Because, you see, the vagina is different from the stomach and the whole digestive system thingee where intestines are involved.
Here's the context, via the Star Tribune:
In Idaho, lawmakers are considering a bill called the "Physician Physical Presence and Women Protection Act" that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication via telemedicine. A doctor named Julie Madsen, who is against the bill, said that colonoscopy patients could swallow a small camera so doctors could get a good look at their colons as an example of the way telemedicine works.
Barbieri: "Can this same procedure then be done in a pregnancy? Swallowing a camera and helping the doctor determine what the situation is?"
Madsen: “When you swallow a pill, it would not end up in the vagina.”
Barbieri: "Fascinating. That makes sense."
Yes, this does makes sense. Because there's the stomach and then there's the vagina. And if you swallow a camera, even if it's labeled "v-cam" it would probably end up in the colon. Basic human anatomy is all very fascinating. Junior high school students know this.
Barbieri, said he didn't really need the anatomy lesson because he was just trying to make a point.
"I was being rhetorical, because I was trying to make the point that equalizing a colonoscopy to this particular procedure was apples and oranges," he said, according to the Spokesman-Review. "So I was asking a rhetorical question that was designed to make her say that they weren't the same thing, and she did so. It was the response I wanted."