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Congresswoman Files Bill Forcing Men To Get Wife’s Permission To Get Viagra

Congresswoman Files Bill Forcing Men To Get Wife’s Permission To Get Viagra

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The Republican efforts to legislate women’s bodies and reproductive health choices have prompted a number of amusing and unconventional responses from female legislators fighting to show just how absurd and repressive those laws and attitudes really are. A Missouri Democrat made headlines around the nation when she proposed a law to legislate firearms like Missouri does abortions, imposing waiting periods, courses on alternatives to violence, and meetings with doctors to inform them on the dangers of gun safety. Now a state representative from Kentucky wants to make sure that men have to jump through as many hoops for their own sexual health – by needing a permission slip to buy erectile-dysfunction drugs like Viagra!

Rep Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville) has proposed HB 396, which would allow only married men to receive erectile dysfunction drugs after two visits with a doctor and a signed statement from their spouse giving them permission. In addition, the man would have to “make a sworn statement with his hand on a Bible that he will only use a prescription for a drug for erectile dysfunction when having sexual relations with his current spouse.”

“I want to protect these men from themselves. This is about family values” said Rep, Marzian, presumably holding back a smirk. She is also planning to file a bill forcing gun buyers to receive counseling from the victims of gun violence before they can purchase weapons.

The bill has no chance of passing in a statehouse full of white men, but it is a symbolic riposte in response to yet another restrictive anti-abortion bill that passed the Kentucky legislature. SB4 would force a woman to seek inevitably pro-life counseling 24 hours before having an abortion, a move that incites undue stress and unnecessarily extends an already traumatic ordeal for the woman in question. That bill, SB4, was roundly lambasted by Kentucky’s ACLU chapter, who rightfully point out that “legislators were not elected to provide medical advice or care to Kentucky women and should have greater respect for the women and medical professionals they represent.”

Marzian’s clever response highlights just how ridiculous the phenomenon of crotchety old religious extremists legislating women’s reproductive health issues really is- and how low they will stoop in order to keep women from making their own decisions about their bodies and imposing their fear of female sexuality on the rest of society.

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h/t to Walter Einenkel at the Daily Kos

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