Unable to force the Supreme Court to reverse Roe vs. Wade,  anti-abortion/ pro-lifers have been introducing legislation on the state level to make it more difficult and unpleasant for women to terminate a pregnancy by way of the legal procedure.

The Roanoke Times is reporting that the Virginia State Senate is considering a bill proposed by Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Fauquier County, that would require women seeking an abortion to first have ultra-sound procedure to determine the gestational age of the fetus.  Abortion providers would be required to keep a copy of the ultra-sound on file indefinitely.

Senate Democrat, Janet Howell of Fairfax County, was none to pleased with Vogel’s  effort to make the abortion procedure more traumatic with an unnecessary  procedure.

By way of making a point about how unfair the ultra-sound proposal is to women, Howell proposed an amendment to the bill that would require all men seeking a prescription for an erectile-dysfunction medication such as Viagra, to be required to first undergo a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test.

In explaining her amendment to her colleagues on the floor of the State Senate, Howell declared:

“So it’s only fair, that if we’re going to subject women to unnecessary procedures, and we’re going to subject doctors to having to do things that they don’t think is medically advisory, well, Mr. President, I think we should just have a little gender equity here.”

Howells amendment was defeated, 19 for, 21 along party lines. The bill requiring a pre-abortion ultra-sound will come up for a final vote in the Virgina Senate, later this week.