In what’s being dubbed as the “Vagina Monologues“, Virginia’s Senator Ryan McDougle received a boatload of hateful Facebook messages from women slamming him–and his apparent expertise on women’s bodies–for his support of the state’s bill making it mandatory for women to get ultrasounds in order to have legal abortions.
The posts were quickly deleted from his Facebook page, but not before blogs like the Daily Kos captured them in screen grabs. Here are some of the funny, sarcastic and yet pointed comments that women left for him over his “knowledge” of a woman’s body:
Hi Senator McDougle! I just wanted to let you know, since you’re so concerned about women’s health, that my period started today! Color looks good, flow not too heavy. Cramps are pretty manageable, but don’t worry–I’ll make sure to let you know if that changes. Thanks again for caring so much about women and our bodies!!!
I am so excited that you have taken such an interest in my health. I just wanted to know your thoughts on a possible yeast infection, I can’t afford health insurance even with my three jobs so since you’re so tuned into womens bodies I thought you might have some natural remedies…let me know!
Senator McDougle, I am almost 49 and STILL menstruating with no sign of slowing done! Frankly, I’ve had enough of this inconvenience- the cost of pads and pain reliever and all the mess-well YOU know how it is. You’re an expert on this lady stuff. I was going to ask my gynocologist about this issue, but since you know so much about women’s reproductive health, I figured I’d just stop by your Facebook page and ask you.
Quick question for you-is it normal for my period to sync up with other female-bodied people? After doing the Vagina Monologues with 12 others, I got my period sooner! Gosh, ladybits are just so weird and confusing-but I don’t have to worry about stuff like that now that you’re looking out for me!
The bill that McDougle supported originally would have required doctors to perform an invasive ultrasound on women seeking to have a legal abortion to determine gestational age (and presumably guilt them into not having an abortion), but that bill was later revised to allow women to reject the invasive part of the procedure–although Virginia law still states that women have an ultrasound. Just not the invasive kind.
Tell us, what would you say to the good senator over his support of this bill and his expertise on women’s bodies?