Ohio lawmaker wants men to get affidavit before getting Viagra

File this one under “sauce for the gander.” An Ohio state senator has introduced a bill which (in the unlikely event there are enough women in the Ohio senate to see that it passes) would regulate Viagra in much the same way as right wingers want to regulate a woman’s access to birth control.

According to the Dayton Daily News:

Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.

The Cleveland Democrat introduced Senate Bill 307 this week.

A critic of efforts to restrict abortion and contraception for women, Turner says she is concerned about men’s reproductive health… Turner said if state policymakers want to legislate women’s health choices through measures such as House Bill 125, known as the ‘Heartbeat bill,’ they should also be able to legislate men’s reproductive health.

Sen. Turner’s bill does nothing more than what the FDA already suggests: telling doctors to to determine the main reason for erectile dysfunction. (Is it emotional or physical?)

This bill doesn’t go as far as some others issued in the wake of GOP efforts to restrict a woman’s access to contraceptives, according to Think Progress.

There have been similar efforts in other states. An Illinois bill would require men to watch a “horrific video” on the side effects of Viagra. In Virginia, Sen. Janet Howell (D) submitted a bill requiring men to undergo a digital rectal exam before recieving a prescription for erectile dysfunction drugs.

The Think Progress story suggests these bills would certainly address the concerns addressed by conservative commentators…

…such as Sean Hannity have dismissed the comparison, claiming that Viagra — unlike birth control — treats a “medical problem.” Most women, however, use birth control for medical purposes other than family planning.

After all, what’s good for the goose…

Source: Examiner

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