Last Monday, Idaho state Sen. Chuck Winder took the floor of the state senate to deliver the closing arguments in a hearing on his mandatory ultrasound bill, which requires women to have an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion. The bill does not make an exception for rape and incest victims or women with life-threatening medical conditions, so Winder responded to its critics in an interesting fashion: by essentially telling his female constituents that they're too stupid to understand the difference between rape and consensual sex.
According to the Boise paper the Spokesman-Review, this is what Winder said:
“This bill does not require a trans-vaginal exam. … It leaves that up to the patient and the physician to make that determination. Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this. I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that's part of the counseling that goes on.”
Precious, huh? It really instills you with a renewed faith in our political system, like the feeling you get when you take a tour of the Capitol building or watch the last ten minutes of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Except correct me if I'm wrong, but in the last ten minutes of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Jimmy Stewart doesn't refer to a man forcibly putting his penis in a woman's vagina as a "rape issue." Nor does he have the gall to suggest that ladies who claim to have been raped are just too goldarn preoccupied with shopping and gossiping and voting for their favorite contestants on Dancing With the Stars to know the difference between a "rape issue" and "normal relations in a marriage."
I also do not seem to recall Jimmy Stewart claiming that even if a woman can work the pink, sparkly neurons in her lady brain to figure out the difference between consensual and non-consensual sex, she will use the latter as an excuse to get an abortion. Because everyone knows that bitches use rape as an excuse to avoid minor inconveniences like pregnancy, the same way Ferris Bueller uses wacky sound effects and rakish wit to avoid getting caught for playing hooky.
I don't remember Jimmy Stewart's character saying anything to this effect, but then again, it's been a long time since I've seen the movie, so I don't know for sure. That aside, however, I think I speak for most women when I say that "trans-vaginal" is a polite way to describe what a douchebag Sen. Chuck Winder is.